How were images used in propaganda speeches?
It’s not just rallied in which the Nazi’s used to influence large numbers of people. Posters and leaflets also played a massive part in swamping the everyday life of Germans with constant reminders of the only true hope: The Nazi’s. Images such as a German nationalist breaking free from the chains of depression and democracy to turn Germany into what it needs to be is an example of posters that would litter German cities and towns. Hitler was also a largely used image in posters showing him in either a strong and proud way or sometimes in a more menacing, dedicated fashion. Nazi propagandists lead by Goebbels used posters in a multitude of ways to reach all areas of society. Women were shown as the heart of the German family who would hold everyone together and give birth to good Aryan children. Men where promised their jobs back and a proud future for their nations and children where shown to idolize Hitler through colorful, understandable posters which painted him as a celebrity or role-model to look up to.
Images such as this poster from 1932 from Calvin College Propaganda Archive were labeled everywhere in Germany bringing a sense of freedom to the Nazi party as it states “Enough! Vote Hitler!” showing that the Nazi’s are breaking free from Germany’s current state. This connected to a lot of Germans who felt trapped with the Depression and lack of political change with constant re-elections and gained their vote by tapping into that feeling and promising that change they desired. Nazi troops was another use of propaganda which used fear as it’s the main tactic. Although not holding any lawful powers yet the SA, or Sturmabteilung, would still have a reputation of performing actions of cruelty to those directly opposing Nazi views. As early as 4 November 1921 the SA gained their reputation when the Nazi Party held a large public meeting in the Munich, which also attracted many Communists and other enemies of the Nazis. After Hitler had spoken for some time, the meeting erupted into a fight in which a small company of SA thrashed the opposition. The Nazis called this event the ‘meeting hall battle,’ and it presumed as a legendary reminder of the SA’s might. They were well known for dragging directly protesting against Nazi’s into alleys and beating them.