Third Reich Posters

DR. JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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DR. JOSEPH GOEBBELS 1943 TOTAL WAR SPEECH

Helps explain why common people in National Socialist Germany fought to bitter end. Dual English/German text.

This long speech by Joseph Goebbels is also his most famous. It was delivered on 18 February 1943 to a large, audience in Berlin. The battle of Stalingrad had ended, and the true seriousness of the war was evident to everyone. Goebbels wanted the speech to build popular enthusiasm for the war, and also to convince Hitler to give him greater powers in running the war economy. Albert Speer reports talking with Goebbels afterwards:

Except for Hitler’s most successful public meetings, I had never seen an audience so effectively roused to fanaticism. Back in his home, Goebbels astonished me by analyzing what had seemed to be a purely emotional outburst in terms of its psychological effect — much as an experienced actor might have done. He was also satisfied with his audience that evening. “Did you notice? They reacted to the smallest nuance and applauded at just the right moments. It was the politically best-trained audience you can find in Germany.”

Most famous for its dramatic ending “Now, people rise up, and let the storm break loose!”

Softcover. Duel English/German text

 

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