Distributed by McGraw – Hill. Text – Films and Young America Films. This educational film was released on February 19, 1961 and was produced by CBS. Walter Cronkite is our host and immediately introduces us to a clip of Nazi propaganda. Swastika banners and flags are shown in great stadiums. The movie is about Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Hate, Joseph Goebbels. Historian, H. R. Trevor Roper speaks :39. Hitler greets the masses riding in a car 1:05. Minister of Hate. Goebbels becomes the Minister of Propaganda in January 1933. Goebbels speaks at the podium 2:20. Hitler mesmerizes the crowd 3:00. Goebbels walks with German troops 3:20. Goebbels salutes the troops 3:48. Printing presses produce propaganda for the Germans 4:05. Goebbels uses all technology at his disposal to spread the Hitler myth 4:30. Hitler rides through the crowds 4:40. Fritz Lang speaks to the camera 4:48. Lang speaks about meeting Goebbels 5:35. In May 1933 he declares the end of Jewish intellectualism 7:50 and orders the burden of all books considered harmful to the Nazi regime 8:03. “Wherever they burn books they will burn human beings also” – Heinrich Heine. Dachau, Jewish prisoners 8:11. Many scenes from concentration camps are shown 8:22. “The Jews are our misfortune” – Joseph Goebbels. Jewish prisoners March. Soldiers march with spectacle and stagecraft; they are there to deceive and brainwash the masses 9:12. Hitler greets the crowds lining the streets 9:25. The Germans are led to believe in Hitler’s infallibility 9:45. Hitler is greeted by cheering throngs as Goebbels looks on. The cameras roll 10:15. As the Hitler war machine marches on the propaganda is nonstop as Hitler’s power grows 10:58. Radio is Goebbels number one weapon. We see a man in the radio station 11:14. The propaganda is transmitted all over the world in 27 languages 11:20. The orchestra plays wartime music for the radio 12:00. When Goebbels speaks, radio wardens make sure that people listen 12:35. Goebbels supervises motion picture production to enhance the propaganda machine 13:25. German propaganda film shows British priests singing hymns and handing out rifles to South African black men in the Boer War 13:28. The newsreel shows the surrender France in 1940 14:31. Die Deutsche Wochenschau (The German Weekly Review) was the title of the unified newsreel series released in the cinemas of Nazi Germany from 1940 until the end of World War II. The coordinated newsreel production was set up as a vital instrument for the mass distribution of Nazi propaganda at war. Goebbels orders the railway car from the staged French surrender to Berlin 14:49. Children play with the weapons of victory 14:58. The German people celebrate a faux victory in the streets of Berlin 15:35. 1943, Allied bombers are penetrating deeper into Germany 15:50. Goebbels keeps preaching victory and crying revenge 16:00. The crowds applaud 16:36. Goebbels becomes the voice of vengeance is Germany is bombed 16:54. Goebbels visits the devastated area 17:30. Goebbels rises through the ranks 17:50. Goebbels calls for total war and demands every sacrifice 18:05. He rallies the crowds 18:20. German citizens work together for the war effort 19:00. April 20, 1944 Hitler’s birthday 19:25. Germans walk amongst the ruins 19:39. “Germany is not being defeated; it is merely defending its victory.” – Goebbels. 20:07. Looting and anarchy ensue 20:40. People eat from garbage pails 20:58. In the face of defeat, Goebbels continues his propaganda 21:35. Old men and children are now enlisted as a last-ditch effort 22:02. The Russian siege of Berlin 22:20. H. R. Trevor Roper speaks on Goebbels’ last stand 23:41. The psychotic Goebbels murders his six children, then he and his wife commit suicide 24:44. The Russians close in. 24:59. Produced by Burton Benjamin. Associate producer Isaac Kleinerman.
Paul Joseph Goebbels (29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. He was one of Adolf Hitler’s closest and most devoted associates and was known for his skills in public speaking and his deeply virulent antisemitism, which was evident in his publicly voiced views. He advocated progressively harsher discrimination, including the extermination of the Jews in the Holocaust.
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