Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death

Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death

Roger Manvell

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 1616080299

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Quite possibly the most dangerous and intelligent member of the Nazi hierarchy, Joseph Goebbels’s flair for propaganda and spectacular organization ensured the fu¨hrer’s rise to power. As founder of the Reich Chamber of Culture, gauleiter of Berlin, and architect of complex machinery of modern totalitarian propaganda, Goebbels is considered one of the most evil figures of the twentieth century. It was through his understanding of the instruments of “public enlightenment” that the dictatorship was built and maintained. Through interviews with his friends and family and with information from his own unpublished diary, a remarkable picture of Goebbels emerges.

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had lost seven pounds.40 But all this effort availed him nothing. Hitler did not give him the control of the measures for total war that he coveted. And so he turned to the substitute for power, publicity. He prepared the public to accept him as a leader, if Hitler would not. He worked hard at his articles for Dos Reich and at his broadcasts, and he saw to it that his name was prominent in the daily news. He spoke frequently at public meetings in Berlin and elsewhere, taking full advantage of

despair Goebbels had worked calmly, conferring, dictating his diary, recording a speech for broadcasting in which he declared Berlin to be a military objective. During the recording the sound of shelling went on, and there was one explosion so near the house that the recording was momentarily stopped. When the speech was played back Goebbels remarked favourably on the realistic sound effects.2 He saw his old friend Dr. Winckler and thanked him for all he had done. “We shan’t meet again,” he

up a stinking dung-heap. We come to clean out the dung. … We do not come as friends or as neutrals. We come as enemies.17 The Nazis were still too young and too suspect a party to win any substantial backing from the German public. Their supporters were almost entirely confined to the Party membership, and they polled in 1928 only 800,000 votes. Nevertheless, this entitled them to twelve seats in the Reichstag, and the indefatigable Goebbels was allocated one of these seats. Within three years

parties, and in particular by the Social Democrats. Göring became Speaker and attempted on 12th September to out-manoeuvre Chancellor von Papen’s determination to dissolve the Reichstag for failing to give him its vote of confidence, by preventing him from speaking. However, the President supported the dissolution, and a further General Election took place in November 1932. In this election the Nazis lost ground, their representation falling to 196—they dropped in all two million votes. It is

gruesome. These American soldiers are human material which can in no way stand comparison with our own people. One has the impression one is dealing with a herd of savages. The Americans are coming to Europe with a spiritual emptiness that really makes you shake your head. They are uneducated and know nothing. For instance, they ask whether Bavaria belongs to Germany and similar things. One can imagine what would happen to Europe if this dilettantism were to spread unchallenged. But we, as it

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