How propaganda managed to create a sense of comradeship in people?
Goebbels himself gave constant speeches in Der Angriff, his propaganda newspaper. He gave one almost every day especially on special occasions such as Hitler’s birthday in which he described him as an almost god-like figure, saying “We believe that fate has called him to show the German people away.” This constant reminder eventually caused an almost cult following towards Hitler causing people to view him in an almost spiritual light or “messiah” figure. This was not only done with Hitler but the entire Nazi party as a whole, their perfect uniforms and discipline brought a sense of pride in Germany. Each thread on a Stormtroopers uniform, each step of a Nazi march and each note in a Nazi song was created with the utmost precision to show the only perfection to the German masses. Months of planning went into rallies an marches. They were carefully organized by specialists in choreographing who created masterful displays, using the architecture of light, to create an effect similar to that of today’s pop concerts. The combination of uniforms, striking flags and symbols, often at night causing the sky to light up, created a powerful feeling of wishing to belong to something so great. Then came the address of Hitler, the master of mass manipulating through immense and emotional speeches. From a 1927 guidebook for Nazi Propagandists named “Propaganda,” there is a quote from Josef Goebbels which states” Rallies can ‘transform a person from a little worm into part of a large dragon.” Showing how bringing people together in such a way can create a sense of comradeship and want people to be a part of such a thing.