Visual History: Power of Persuasion

20th Century Europe and Iran through art images

Hitler’s manipulation of German national identity

February 14, 2011 by banksy · No Comments · Uncategorized

Throughout the past century, a common use of art in persuasion has been through propaganda. During Nazi rule in Germany, Hitler employed propaganda to create a German national identity that was “strong” and “pure” (the ideal being the Aryan race). He successfully accomplished this by blaming minorities for the loss of WWI which appealed to the country’s current emotional state. Also, Hitler used propaganda techniques of repetition and defining the enemy as evil, selfish, etc. to the country’s masses. This played on the national upset after losing WWI and undergoing economic depression and instability in Germany.

One of Hitler’s favorite and most popular arguments was the Jewish race as disgusting, evil, dirty, and menacing through his portrayal of the Jews as rats. Below is an example:


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