The Effects of Rhetoric and Propaganda on the Reactions and Attitudes of World War II German Soldiers towards Their Perceived Post-War Treatment

  • 2016

The Effects of Rhetoric and Propaganda on the Reactions and Attitudes of World War II German Soldiers towards Their Perceived Post-War Treatment

Author:
John Wm. Richardson
Abstract:

Rhetoric and propaganda play key roles in how a nation and its people view themselves. In the turbulent arena of international relations, inflammatory rhetoric of one nation might metamorphosis into the reactionary propaganda of another. Such a scenario existed during the interwar years and into World War II between Germany, its European neighbors, and later the United States. International rhetoric became fodder for the Nazi propaganda machine that in turn indoctrinated the German people to believe that defeat meant an end to Germany.