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The Third Reich: Joseph Goebbels [Kindle Edition]

Parkway Publishing
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Book Description

*In depth analysis of the life of Joseph Goebbels
*Several pictures of Joseph Goebbels and the Third Reich
*Table of contents

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

These words, spoken by the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, are perhaps the clearest illustration of the man’s character and priorities. In many ways he was the perfect fit for his job, combining his love of words and culture, his impressive education, and his rampant anti-Semitism and support of Adolf Hitler into one powerful position.

Joseph Goebbels had a relatively peaceful childhood and had no obvious motivation for the path he chose in life, aside from a life-long injury that caused him to feel physically inferior to his siblings and many people he encountered throughout life. He was never an official member of the military, and instead chose to focus on writing and the fine arts throughout school and adulthood. These pursuits served him well as a member of the Third Reich.

Goebbels was incredibly loyal to Hitler from nearly the very first days of his interaction with the Nazi Party. He never stopped believing in the mission or the future plans for Germany, even if he was not always in agreement with other Nazi officials for how to achieve these goals. Like many in Hitler’s inner circle, he participated in plans on more than one occasion to undermine his colleagues, but he never once believed that Hitler was not the most worthy leader for the party and the country.

Goebbels is perhaps best known for his role in the Nazi book burning ceremonies. Though the idea to destroy books was not his, he embraced a state controlled collection of literature and culture, no matter the cost. When the largest book burning ceremonies were held, Goebbels attended and spoke at the ceremony in Berlin. The burnings served, at least in part, as a catalyst for Goebbels’ complete control of all forms of art, media, and culture during the reign of the Nazis in Germany.

Ultimately, his loyalty to Hitler brought him, his wife, and his six children to the same fate as the Fuhrer. He died at his own hand in the same bunker, just a few days after the death of Hitler.

Adolf Hitler is typically accepted as the face of the Third Reich and Nazism, but there was actually a man behind Hitler, helping to create the agenda and public perception of the movement. Joseph Goebbels, born Paul Joseph Goebbels, was a politician and one of Hitler’s Reich ministers, was one of the Fuhrer’s closest associates. Few were more intensely anti-Semitic, a factor that aided in his design of powerful propaganda campaigns as the Reich’s Minister of Propaganda. Goebbels did more than just talk the talk of anti-Semitism; he truly believed the faulty science used to justify the Holocaust. He was considered one of the most intelligent men in Hitler’s inner circle, and was one of the most educated and cultured. Even his enemies considered him intelligent and crafty.

Young Joseph grew up in the industrial town of Rheydt. His father worked as a factory clerk and his mother stayed at home with the five Goebbels children, following a brief bout as a farmhand. The Goebbels family was catholic, though Joseph would abandon his association with the faith early in his university career. Joseph was the youngest of three boys and had two younger sisters. The youngest in the family, Maria, eventually married German filmmaker Max W. Kimmich.

In this book you will take an in depth look at the life of Joseph Goebbels, what made him the man he was, and how he contributed to the agenda of the Third Reich

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1662 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Parkway Publishing (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short and reads like a school essay 24 July 2013
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The book gives a reasonable potted history of Goebbel's life and career before and during the Third Reich and highlights some of the more important areas he was involved in. However, there is really no depth to this book - I am scarcely clearer about his motivations than I was before I read it. There is little used in the way of quotes, no contemporary accounts and the conclusion is amateurish (even if you happen to agree with it). Avoid and look for something better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Bio 15 Mar. 2014
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The author presents an interesting biography of an evil, highly educated man. Most of the focus is on the Nazi years, with little on his formative years leading up to his meeting with Hitler and joining the Nazi Party. The prose flows well and the author provides a good narrative. If it wasn't for the spelling errors and sometimes mixed chronology, I would have rated this five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe was a bad boy 20 Sept. 2013
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If you're a World War II aficionado, you probably covered some of this material but if not this book would be extremely interesting, from propaganda point of view he still was a sick man and the world is a better place because he is no longer here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quick read 4 Feb. 2015
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A dark dark time in Germany's history, this man deserves all the shame and guilt the world can heap on him. He was a little, bitter man that bad no redeeming qualities.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 2 July 2014
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Is a short story, very short for a man with a very high position in Nazi Germany.
4.0 out of 5 stars Goebbels Bio 22 May 2014
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Not bad, not fully in depth, but clear and concise. Gives a look into the life of one of History's most twisted individuals without ranting or being biased.
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