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PAUL JOSEPH GOEBBELS (German: ( listen ); 29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda
Propaganda
of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
from 1933 to 1945. He was one of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
's close associates and most devoted followers, and was known for his skills in public speaking and his deep, virulent antisemitism , which was evident in his publicly voiced views. He advocated progressively harsher discrimination, including the extermination of the Jews in the Holocaust .

Goebbels, who aspired to be an author, obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1921. He joined the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
in 1924, and worked with Gregor Strasser
Gregor Strasser
in their northern branch. He was appointed as _ Gauleiter _ (district leader) for Berlin
Berlin
in 1926, where he began to take an interest in the use of propaganda to promote the party and its programme. After the Nazi Seizure of Power in 1933, Goebbels' Propaganda
Propaganda
Ministry quickly gained and exerted controlling supervision over the news media, arts, and information in Germany. He was particularly adept at using the relatively new media of radio and film for propaganda purposes. Topics for party propaganda included antisemitism, attacks on the Christian churches, and (after the start of the Second World War) attempting to shape morale.

In 1943, Goebbels
Goebbels
began to pressure Hitler to introduce measures that would produce _total war _, including closing businesses not essential to the war effort, conscripting women into the labour force, and enlisting men in previously exempt occupations into the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
. Hitler finally appointed him as Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War on 23 July 1944, whereby Goebbels
Goebbels
undertook largely unsuccessful measures to increase the number of people available for armaments production and the Wehrmacht.

As the war drew to a close and Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
faced defeat, Magda Goebbels
Goebbels
and the Goebbels children
Goebbels children
joined him in Berlin. They moved into the underground _ Vorbunker _, part of Hitler's underground bunker complex, on 22 April 1945. Hitler committed suicide on 30 April. In accordance with Hitler\'s will , Goebbels
Goebbels
succeeded him as Chancellor of Germany
Germany
; he served one day in this post. The following day, Goebbels
Goebbels
and his wife committed suicide, after poisoning their six children with cyanide.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Nazi activist * 3 Propagandist in Berlin
Berlin

* 4 Propaganda
Propaganda
Minister

* 4.1 Workings of the Ministry * 4.2 Church struggle

* 5 World War II
World War II
* 6 Plenipotentiary for total war * 7 Defeat and death * 8 Antisemitism and the Holocaust * 9 Family life * 10 See also

* 11 References

* 11.1 Explanatory notes * 11.2 Citations * 11.3 Bibliography

* 12 Further reading * 13 External links

EARLY LIFE

Paul Joseph Goebbels
Goebbels
was born on 29 October 1897 in Rheydt , an industrial town south of Mönchengladbach near Düsseldorf . Both of his parents were Catholics with modest family backgrounds. His father Fritz was a factory clerk; his mother Katharina (_née_ Odenhausen) was ethnically Dutch . Goebbels
Goebbels
had five siblings: Konrad (1893–1947), Hans (1895–1949), Maria (1896–1896), Elisabeth (1901–1915), and Maria (1910–1949), who married the German filmmaker Max W. Kimmich in 1938. In 1932, Goebbels
Goebbels
published a pamphlet of his family tree to refute the rumors that his grandmother was of Jewish ancestry.

During childhood, Goebbels
Goebbels
suffered from ill health, which included a long bout of inflammation of the lungs. He had a deformed right foot that turned inwards, due to a congenital deformity . It was thicker and shorter than his left foot. He underwent a failed operation to correct it just prior to starting grammar school. Goebbels
Goebbels
wore a metal brace and special shoe because of his shortened leg, and walked with a limp. He was rejected for military service in World War I
World War I
due to his deformity. Goebbels
Goebbels
in 1916

Goebbels
Goebbels
was educated at a Christian _Gymnasium _, where he completed his _ Abitur _ (university entrance examination) in 1917. He was the top student of his class and was given the traditional honor to speak at the awards ceremony. His parents initially hoped that he would become a Catholic priest, and Goebbels
Goebbels
seriously considered it. He studied literature and history at the universities of Bonn , Würzburg , Freiburg , and Munich , aided by a scholarship from the Albertus Magnus Society. By this time Goebbels
Goebbels
had begun to distance himself from the church.

Historians, including Richard J. Evans and Roger Manvell , speculate that Goebbels' lifelong pursuit of women may have been in compensation for his physical disabilities. At Freiburg, he met and fell in love with Anka Stalherm, who was three years his senior. She went on to Würzburg to continue school, as did Goebbels. In 1921 he wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, _Michael _, a three-part work of which only Parts I and III have survived. Goebbels
Goebbels
felt he was writing his "own story". Antisemitic content and material about a charismatic leader may have been added by Goebbels
Goebbels
shortly before the book was published in 1929 by Eher-Verlag , the publishing house of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers' Party; NSDAP). By 1920, the relationship with Anka was over. The break-up filled Goebbels
Goebbels
with thoughts of suicide.

At the University of Heidelberg , Goebbels
Goebbels
wrote his doctoral thesis on Wilhelm von Schütz , a minor 19th century romantic dramatist. He had hoped to write his thesis under the supervision of Friedrich Gundolf , who at that time was a well known literary historian. It did not seem to bother Goebbels
Goebbels
that Gundolf was Jewish. However, Gundolf was no longer performing teaching duties, so he directed Goebbels
Goebbels
to associate professor Max Freiherr von Waldberg . Waldberg was also Jewish. It was Waldberg who recommended Goebbels
Goebbels
write his thesis on Wilhelm von Schütz. After submitting the thesis and passing his oral examination, Goebbels
Goebbels
earned his PhD
PhD
in 1921.

Goebbels
Goebbels
then returned home and worked as a private tutor. He also found work as a journalist and was published in the local newspaper. His writing during that time reflected his growing antisemitism and dislike for modern culture. In the summer of 1922, he met and began a love affair with Else Janke, a schoolteacher. After she revealed to him that she was half-Jewish, Goebbels
Goebbels
stated the "enchantment ruined." Nevertheless, he continued to see her on and off until 1927.

He continued for several years to try to become a published author. His diaries , which he began in 1923 and continued for the rest of his life, provided an outlet for his desire to write. The lack of income from his literary works (he wrote two plays in 1923, neither of which sold ) forced him to take jobs as a caller on the stock exchange and as a bank clerk in Cologne
Cologne
, a job he detested. He was dismissed from the bank in August 1923 and returned to Rheydt. During this period, he read avidly and was influenced by the works of Oswald Spengler , Fyodor Dostoyevsky , and Houston Stewart Chamberlain , the British-born German writer whose book _The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century _ (1899) was one of the standard works of the extreme right in Germany. He also began to study the "social question" and read the works of Karl Marx
Karl Marx
, Friedrich Engels
Friedrich Engels
, Rosa Luxemburg , August Bebel and Gustav Noske . According to German historian Peter Longerich , Goebbels\' diary entries from late 1923 to early 1924 reflected the writings of a man who was isolated, preoccupied by "religious-philosophical" issues, and lacked a sense of direction. Diary entries of mid-December 1923 forward show Goebbels was moving towards the _völkisch _ nationalist movement.

NAZI ACTIVIST

Goebbels
Goebbels
first took an interest in Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and Nazism
Nazism
in 1924. In February 1924, Hitler's trial for treason began in the wake of his failed attempt to seize power in the Beer Hall Putsch of November 8–9, 1923. The trial attracted widespread press coverage and gave Hitler a platform for propaganda. Hitler was sentenced to five years prison, but was released on 20 December 1924, after serving just over a year. Goebbels
Goebbels
was drawn to the NSDAP mostly because of Hitler's charisma and commitment to his beliefs. He joined the NSDAP around this time, becoming member number 8762. In late 1924, Goebbels offered his services to Karl Kaufmann , who was _ Gauleiter _ (NSDAP district leader) for the Rhine-Ruhr District. Kaufmann put him in touch with Gregor Strasser
Gregor Strasser
, a leading Nazi organizer in northern Germany, who hired him to work on their weekly newspaper and to do secretarial work for the regional party offices. He was also put to work as party speaker and representative for Rhineland
Rhineland
- Westphalia . Members of Strasser's northern branch of the NSDAP, including Goebbels, had a more socialist outlook than the rival Hitler group in Munich. Strasser disagreed with Hitler on many parts of the party platform, and in November 1926 began working on a revision.

Hitler viewed Strasser's actions as a threat to his authority, and summoned 60 _Gauleiters_ and party leaders, including Goebbels, to a special conference in Bamberg , in Streicher's _Gau _ of Franconia
Franconia
, where he gave a two-hour speech repudiating Strasser's new political programme. Hitler was opposed to the socialist leanings of the northern wing, stating it would mean "political bolshevization of Germany." Further, there would be "no princes, only Germans," and a legal system with no "... Jewish system of exploitation ... for plundering of our people." The future would be secured by acquiring land, not through expropriation of the estates of the former nobility, but through colonizing territories to the east. Goebbels
Goebbels
was horrified by Hitler's characterisation of socialism as "a Jewish creation," and his assertion that a Nazi government would not expropriate private property. "I no longer fully believe in Hitler. That's the terrible thing: my inner support has been taken away," he wrote in his diary.

In hopes of winning over the opposition, Hitler arranged meetings in Munich with the three Greater Ruhr _Gau_ leaders, including Goebbels. Goebbels
Goebbels
was impressed when Hitler sent his own car to meet them at the railway station. That evening Hitler and Goebbels
Goebbels
both gave speeches at a beer hall rally. The following day, Hitler offered his hand in reconciliation to the three men, encouraging them to put their differences behind them. Hitler also gave Goebbels
Goebbels
"new insight" into the "social question". Goebbels
Goebbels
capitulated completely, offering Hitler his total loyalty – a pledge that was clearly sincere, and that he adhered to until the end of his life. "I love him ... He has thought through everything," Goebbels
Goebbels
wrote. "Such a sparkling mind can be my leader. I bow to the greater one, the political genius." Later he wrote: "Adolf Hitler, I love you because you are both great and simple at the same time. What one calls a genius." As a result of the Bamberg and Munich meetings, Strasser's new draft of the party programme was discarded. The original National Socialist Program of 1920 was retained unchanged, and Hitler's position as party leader was greatly strengthened.

PROPAGANDIST IN BERLIN

At Hitler's invitation, Goebbels
Goebbels
spoke at party meetings in Munich and at the annual Party Congress , held in Weimar in 1926. For the following year's event, Goebbels
Goebbels
was involved in the planning for the first time. He and Hitler arranged for the rally to be filmed. Receiving praise for doing well at these events led Goebbels
Goebbels
to shape his political ideas to match Hitler's, and to admire and idolize him even more.

Goebbels
Goebbels
was first offered the position of party _Gauleiter_ for the Berlin
Berlin
section in August 1926. He travelled to Berlin
Berlin
in mid-September and by the middle of October accepted the position. Thus Hitler's plan to divide and dissolve the northwestern _Gauleiters_ group that Goebbels
Goebbels
had served in under Strasser was successful. Hitler gave Goebbels
Goebbels
great authority over the area, allowing him to determine the course for organisation and leadership for the _Gau_. Goebbels
Goebbels
was given control over the local _ Sturmabteilung
Sturmabteilung
_ (SA) and _Schutzstaffel _ (SS) and answered only to Hitler. The party membership numbered about 1,000 when Goebbels
Goebbels
arrived, and he reduced it to a core of 600 of the most active and promising members. To raise money, he instituted membership fees and began charging admission to party meetings. Aware of the value of publicity (both positive and negative), he deliberately provoked beer-hall battles and street brawls, including violent attacks on the Communist Party of Germany . Goebbels
Goebbels
adapted recent developments in commercial advertising to the political sphere, including the use of catchy slogans and subliminal cues. His new ideas for poster design included using large type, red ink, and cryptic headers that encouraged the reader to examine the fine print to determine the meaning. Goebbels
Goebbels
speaks at a political rally (1932). This body position, with arms akimbo , was intended to show the speaker as being in a position of authority. Goebbels
Goebbels
giving a speech in Berlin
Berlin
(1934). This hand gesture was used while delivering a warning or threat.

Like Hitler, Goebbels
Goebbels
practiced his public speaking skills in front of a mirror. Meetings were preceded by ceremonial marches and singing, and the venues were decorated with party banners. His entrance (almost always late) was timed for maximum emotional impact. He usually meticulously planned his speeches ahead of time, using pre-planned and choreographed inflection and gestures, but he was also able to improvise and adapt his presentation to make a good connection with his audience.

Goebbels' tactic of using provocation to bring attention to the NSDAP, along with violence at the public party meetings and demonstrations, led the Berlin
Berlin
police to ban the NSDAP from the city on 5 May 1927. Violent incidents continued, including young Nazis randomly attacking Jews in the streets. Goebbels
Goebbels
was subjected to a public speaking ban until the end of October. During this period, he founded the newspaper _ Der Angriff _ (_The Attack_) as a propaganda vehicle for the Berlin
Berlin
area. It was a modern-style newspaper with an aggressive tone. To Goebbels' disappointment, circulation was initially small, only 2,000. Material in the paper was highly anti-communist and antisemitic. Among the paper's favourite targets was the Jewish Deputy Chief of the Berlin
Berlin
Police Bernhard Weiß . Goebbels
Goebbels
gave him the derogatory nickname "Isidore" and subjected him to a relentless campaign of Jew-baiting in the hope of provoking a crackdown he could then exploit. Goebbels
Goebbels
continued to try to break into the literary world, with a revised version of his book _Michael_ finally being published, and the unsuccessful production of two of his plays (_Der Wanderer_ and _Die Saat_ (_The Seed_)). The latter was his final attempt at playwriting. During this period in Berlin
Berlin
he had relationships with many women, including his old flame Anka Stalherm, who was now married and had a small child. He was quick to fall in love, but easily tired of a relationship and moved on to someone new. He worried too about how a committed personal relationship might interfere with his career.

The ban on the NSDAP was lifted in early 1928, in time for the Reichstag elections, held on 20 May. Results were poor, with the NSDAP losing nearly 100,000 voters and earning only 2.6 per cent of the vote nationwide. Results in Berlin
Berlin
were even worse, where they attained only 1.4 per cent of the vote. Goebbels
Goebbels
was one of twelve NSDAP members to gain election to the Reichstag. This gave him immunity from prosecution for a long list of outstanding charges, including a three-week jail sentence he received in April for insulting the deputy police chief Weiß. The Reichstag changed the immunity regulations in February 1931, and Goebbels
Goebbels
was forced to pay fines for libellous material he had placed in _Der Angriff_ over the course of the previous year.

In his newspaper _Berliner Arbeiterzeitung_ (_ Berlin
Berlin
Workers Newspaper_), Gregor Strasser
Gregor Strasser
was highly critical of Goebbels' failure to attract the urban vote. However, the party as a whole did much better in rural areas, attracting as much as 18 per cent of the vote in some regions. This was partly because Hitler had publicly stated just prior to the election that Point 17 of the party programme, which mandated the expropriation of land without compensation, would apply only to Jewish speculators and not private landholders. After the election, the party refocused their efforts to try to attract still more votes in the agricultural sector. In May, shortly after the election, Hitler considered appointing Goebbels
Goebbels
as party propaganda chief. But he hesitated, as he worried that the removal of Gregor Strasser from the post would lead to a split in the party. Goebbels considered himself well suited to the position, and began to formulate ideas about how propaganda could be used in schools and the media. Goebbels
Goebbels
used the death of Horst Wessel in 1930 as a propaganda tool against "Communist subhumans".

By 1930, the violence between the Nazis
Nazis
and communists led to local SA troop leader Horst Wessel being shot by two members of the Communist Party of Germany . He later died in hospital. Exploiting Wessel's death, Goebbels
Goebbels
turned him into a martyr for the Nazi movement. He officially declared Wessel's march _Die Fahne hoch_ (_Raise the flag_), renamed as the _ Horst-Wessel-Lied _, to be the NSDAP anthem.

The Great Depression
Great Depression
greatly impacted Germany
Germany
and by 1930 there was a dramatic increase in unemployment. During this time, the Strasser brothers started publishing a new daily newspaper in Berlin, the _Nationaler Sozialist_. Like their other publications, it conveyed the brothers' own brand of Nazism, including nationalism, anti-capitalism, social reform, and anti-Westernism. Goebbels complained vehemently about the rival Strasser newspapers to Hitler, and admitted that their success was causing his own Berlin
Berlin
newspapers to be "pushed to the wall". In late April 1930, Hitler publicly and firmly announced his opposition to Gregor Strasser
Gregor Strasser
and appointed Goebbels
Goebbels
to replace him as Reich leader of NSDAP propaganda. One of Goebbels' first acts was to ban the evening edition of the _Nationaler Sozialist_. Goebbels
Goebbels
was also given control of other Nazi papers across the country, including the party's national newspaper, the _ Völkischer Beobachter _ (_People's Observer_). He still had to wait until 3 July for Otto Strasser and his supporters to announce they were leaving the NSDAP. Upon receiving the news, Goebbels
Goebbels
was relieved the "crisis" with the Strassers was finally over and glad that Otto Strasser had lost all power.

The rapid deterioration of the economy led to the resignation on 27 March 1930 of the coalition government that had been elected in 1928. A new cabinet was formed, and Paul von Hindenburg
Paul von Hindenburg
used his power as president to govern via emergency decrees . He appointed Heinrich Brüning as chancellor . Goebbels
Goebbels
took charge of the NSDAP's national campaign for Reichstag elections called for 14 September 1930. Campaigning was undertaken on a huge scale, with thousands of meetings and speeches held all over the country. Hitler's speeches focused on blaming the country's economic woes on the Weimar Republic
Weimar Republic
, particularly its adherence to the terms of the Treaty of Versailles
Treaty of Versailles
, which required war reparations that had proven devastating to the German economy. He proposed a new German society based on race and national unity. The resulting success took even Hitler and Goebbels by surprise: the party received 6.5 million votes nationwide and took 107 seats in the Reichstag, making it the second largest party in the country. Goebbels
Goebbels
and his daughter Helga with Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler

In late 1930 Goebbels
Goebbels
met Magda Quandt , a divorcée who had joined the party a few months earlier. She worked as a volunteer in the party offices in Berlin, helping Goebbels
Goebbels
organize his private papers. Her flat on the _Reichskanzlerplatz_ soon became a favourite meeting place for Hitler and other NSDAP officials. Goebbels
Goebbels
and Quandt married on 19 December 1931.

For two further elections held in 1932, Goebbels
Goebbels
organized massive campaigns that included rallies, parades, speeches, and Hitler travelling around the country by airplane with the slogan "the Führer over Germany". Goebbels
Goebbels
also undertook numerous speaking tours during these election campaigns. Goebbels
Goebbels
had some of their speeches published on gramophone records and as pamphlets. He was also involved in the production of a small collection of silent films that could be shown at party meetings, though they did not yet have enough equipment to widely use this medium. Many of Goebbels' campaign posters used violent imagery such as a giant half-clad male destroying political opponents or other perceived enemies such as "International High Finance". His propaganda characterized the opposition as "November criminals ", "Jewish wire-pullers", or a communist threat. Support for the party continued to grow, but neither of these elections led to a majority government. In an effort to stabilize the country and improve economic conditions, Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933.

PROPAGANDA MINISTER

To celebrate Hitler's appointment as chancellor, Goebbels
Goebbels
organized a torchlit parade in Berlin
Berlin
on the night of 30 January of an estimated 60,000 men, many in the uniforms of the SA and SS. The spectacle was covered by a live state radio broadcast, with commentary by longtime party member and future Minister of Aviation Hermann Göring . Goebbels
Goebbels
was disappointed to not be given a post in Hitler's new cabinet. Bernhard Rust
Bernhard Rust
was appointed as Minister of Culture , the post Goebbels
Goebbels
was expecting to receive. Like other NSDAP officials, Goebbels
Goebbels
had to deal with Hitler's leadership style of giving contradictory orders to his subordinates, while placing them into positions where their duties and responsibilities overlapped. In this way, Hitler fostered distrust, competition, and infighting among his subordinates to consolidate and maximise his own power. The NSDAP took advantage of the Reichstag fire of 27 February 1933, with Hindenburg passing the Reichstag Fire Decree the following day at Hitler's urging. This was the first of several pieces of legislation that dismantled democracy in Germany
Germany
and put a totalitarian dictatorship—headed by Hitler—in its place. On 5 March, yet another Reichstag election took place, the last to be held before the defeat of the Nazis
Nazis
at the end of the Second World War. While the NSDAP increased their number of seats and percentage of the vote, it was not the landslide expected by the party leadership. Goebbels finally received Hitler's appointment to the cabinet, officially becoming head of the newly created Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
Propaganda
on 14 March. Nazi book burning , 10 May 1933

The role of the new ministry, which set up its offices in the 18th-century Ordenspalais across from the Reich Chancellery, was to centralise Nazi control of all aspects of German cultural and intellectual life. Goebbels
Goebbels
hoped to increase popular support of the party from the 37 per cent achieved at the last free election held in Germany
Germany
on 25 March 1933 to 100 per cent support. An unstated goal was to present to other nations the impression that the NSDAP had the full and enthusiastic backing of the entire population. One of Goebbels' first productions was staging the Day of Potsdam, a ceremonial passing of power from Hindenburg to Hitler, held in Potsdam
Potsdam
on 21 March. He composed the text of Hitler's decree authorizing the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses , held on 1 April. Later that month, Goebbels travelled back to Rheydt, where he was given a triumphal reception. The townsfolk lined the main street, which had been renamed in his honour. On the following day, Goebbels
Goebbels
was declared a local hero.

Goebbels
Goebbels
converted the 1 May holiday from a celebration of workers' rights (observed as such especially by the communists) into a day celebrating the NSDAP. In place of the usual ad hoc labour celebrations, he organized a huge party rally held at Tempelhof Field in Berlin. The following day, all trade union offices in the country were forcibly disbanded by the SA and SS, and the Nazi-run German Labour Front was created to take their place. "We are the masters of Germany," he commented in his diary entry of 3 May. Less than two weeks later, he gave a speech at the Nazi book burning in Berlin
Berlin
on 10 May.

Meanwhile, the NSDAP began passing laws to marginalize Jews and remove them from German society. The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service , passed on 7 April 1933, forced all non-Aryans to retire from the legal profession and civil service. Similar legislation soon deprived Jewish members of other professions of their right to practise. The first Nazi concentration camps (initially created to house political dissenters) were founded shortly after Hitler seized power. In a process termed _ Gleichschaltung
Gleichschaltung
_ (co-ordination), the NSDAP proceeded to rapidly bring all aspects of life under control of the party. All civilian organisations, including agricultural groups, volunteer organisations, and sports clubs, had their leadership replaced with Nazi sympathisers or party members. By June 1933, virtually the only organisations not in the control of the NSDAP were the army and the churches. In a move to manipulate Germany's middle class and shape popular opinion, the regime passed on 4 October 1933 the _Schriftleitergesetz_ (Editor's Law), which became the cornerstone of the Nazi Party's control of the popular press. Modeled to some extent on the system in Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
's Italy, the law defined a _Schriftleiter_ as anyone who wrote, edited, or selected texts and/or illustrated material for serial publication. Individuals selected for this position were chosen based on experiential, educational, and racial criteria. The law required journalists to "regulate their work in accordance with National Socialism as a philosophy of life and as a conception of government."

At the end of June 1934, top officials of the SA and opponents of the regime, including Gregor Strasser, were arrested and killed in a purge later called the Night of Long Knives . Goebbels
Goebbels
was present at the arrest of SA leader Ernst Röhm
Ernst Röhm
in Munich. On 2 August 1934, President von Hindenburg died. In a radio broadcast, Goebbels announced that the offices of president and chancellor had been combined, and Hitler had been formally named as _ Führer
Führer
und Reichskanzler _ (leader and chancellor).

WORKINGS OF THE MINISTRY

The propaganda ministry was organized into seven departments: administration and legal; mass rallies, public health, youth, and race; radio; national and foreign press; films and film censorship ; art, music, and theatre; and protection against counter-propaganda, both foreign and domestic. Goebbels
Goebbels
style of leadership was tempestuous and unpredictable. He would suddenly change direction and shift his support between senior associates; he was a difficult boss and liked to berate his staff in public. Goebbels
Goebbels
was successful at his job, however; _Life_ wrote in 1938 that "ersonally he likes nobody, is liked by nobody, and runs the most efficient Nazi department."

The Reich Film Chamber, which all members of the film industry were required to join, was created in June 1933. Goebbels
Goebbels
promoted the development of films with a Nazi slant, and ones that contained subliminal or overt propaganda messages. Under the auspices of the _ Reichskulturkammer
Reichskulturkammer
_ (Reich Chamber of Culture), created in September, Goebbels
Goebbels
added additional sub-chambers for the fields of broadcasting, fine arts, literature, music, the press, and the theatre. As in the film industry, anyone wishing to pursue a career in these fields had to be a member of the corresponding chamber. In this way anyone whose views were contrary to the regime could be excluded from working in their chosen field and thus silenced. In addition, journalists (now considered employees of the state) were required to prove Aryan descent back to the year 1800, and if married, the same requirement applied to the spouse. Members of any chamber were not allowed to leave the country for their work without prior permission of their chamber. A committee was established to censor books, and works could not be re-published unless they were on the list of approved works. Similar regulations applied to other fine arts and entertainment; even cabaret performances were censored. Many German artists and intellectuals left Germany
Germany
in the pre-war years rather than work under these restrictions. Free radios were distributed in Berlin
Berlin
on Goebbels' birthday in 1938. Hitler was the focal point at the 1934 Nuremberg Rally . Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
and her crew are visible in front of the podium.

Goebbels
Goebbels
was particularly interested in controlling radio, which was then still a fairly new mass medium . Sometimes under protest from individual states (particularly Prussia
Prussia
, headed by Göring), Goebbels gained control of radio stations nationwide, and placed them under the _ Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft _ (German National Broadcasting Corporation) in July 1934. Manufacturers were urged by Goebbels
Goebbels
to produce inexpensive home receivers, called _ Volksempfänger _ (people's receiver), and by 1938 nearly ten million sets had been sold. Loudspeakers were placed in public areas, factories, and schools, so that important party broadcasts would be heard live by nearly all Germans. On 2 September 1939 (the day after the start of the war), Goebbels
Goebbels
and the Council of Ministers proclaimed it illegal to listen to foreign radio stations. Disseminating news from foreign broadcasts could result in the death penalty. Albert Speer
Albert Speer
, Hitler's architect and later Minister for Armaments and War Production, later said the regime "made the complete use of all technical means for domination of its own country. Through technical devices like the radio and loudspeaker, 80 million people were deprived of independent thought."

A major focus of Nazi propaganda was Hitler himself, who was glorified as a heroic and infallible leader and became the focus of a cult of personality . Much of this was spontaneous, but some was stage-managed as part of Goebbels' propaganda work. Adulation of Hitler was the focus of the 1934 Nuremberg Rally, where his moves were carefully choreographed. The rally was the subject of the film _ Triumph of the Will _, one of several Nazi propaganda films directed by Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
. It won the Gold Medal at the 1935 Venice Film Festival . At the 1935 Nazi party congress rally at Nuremberg, Goebbels
Goebbels
declared that "Bolshevism is the declaration of war by Jewish-led international subhumans against culture itself."

Goebbels
Goebbels
was involved in planning the staging of the 1936 Summer Olympics , held in Berlin. It was around this time that he met and started having an affair with the actress Lída Baarová , whom he continued to see until 1938. A major project in 1937 was the Degenerate Art Exhibition , organised by Goebbels, which ran in Munich from July to November. The exhibition proved wildly popular, attracting over two million visitors. A degenerate music exhibition took place the following year. Meanwhile, Goebbels
Goebbels
was disappointed by the lack of quality in the National Socialist artwork, films, and literature.

CHURCH STRUGGLE

See also: Nazi persecution of the Catholic Church in Germany

In 1933, Hitler signed the _ Reichskonkordat _ (Reich Concordat), a treaty with the Vatican that required the regime to honour the independence of Catholic institutions and prohibited clergy from involvement in politics. However, the regime continued to target the Christian churches and to try to weaken their influence. Throughout 1935 and 1936, hundreds of clergy and nuns were arrested, often on trumped up charges of currency smuggling or sexual offenses. Goebbels
Goebbels
widely publicised the trials in his propaganda campaigns, showing the cases in the worst possible light. Restrictions were placed on public meetings, and Catholic publications faced censorship. Catholic schools were required to reduce religious instruction and crucifixes were removed from state buildings. Hitler often vacillated on whether or not the _ Kirchenkampf _ (church struggle) should be a priority, but his frequent inflammatory comments on the issue were enough to convince Goebbels
Goebbels
to intensify his work on the issue; in February 1937 he stated he wanted to eliminate the Protestant
Protestant
church.

In response to the persecution, Pope Pius XI had the _"Mit brennender Sorge "_ ("With Burning Concern") Encyclical smuggled into Germany
Germany
for Passion Sunday 1937 and read from every pulpit. It denounced the systematic hostility of the regime toward the church. In response, Goebbels
Goebbels
renewed the regime's crackdown and propaganda against Catholics. His speech of 28 May in Berlin
Berlin
in front of 20,000 party members, which was also broadcast on the radio, attacked the Catholic church as morally corrupt. As a result of the propaganda campaign, enrolment in denominational schools dropped sharply, and by 1939 all such schools were disbanded or converted to public facilities. Harassment and threats of imprisonment led the clergy to be much more cautious in their criticism of the regime. Partly out of foreign policy concerns, Hitler ordered a scaling back of the church struggle by the end of July 1937.

WORLD WAR II

As early as February 1933, Hitler announced that rearmament must be undertaken, albeit clandestinely at first, as to do so was in violation of the Versailles Treaty. A year later he told his military leaders that 1942 was the target date for going to war in the east. Goebbels
Goebbels
was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Hitler aggressively pursuing Germany's expansionist policies sooner rather than later. At the time of the Reoccupation of the Rhineland
Rhineland
in 1936, Goebbels
Goebbels
summed up his general attitude in his diary: "ow is the time for action. Fortune favors the brave! He who dares nothing wins nothing." In the lead-up to the Sudetenland
Sudetenland
crisis in 1938, Goebbels took the initiative time and again to use propaganda to whip up sympathy for the Sudeten Germans while campaigning against the Czech government. Still, Goebbels
Goebbels
was well aware there was a growing "war panic" in Germany
Germany
and so by July had the press conduct propaganda efforts at a lower level of intensity. After the western powers acceded to Hitler's demands concerning Czechoslovakia in 1938, Goebbels
Goebbels
soon redirected his propaganda machine against Poland. From May onwards, he orchestrated a campaign against Poland, fabricating stories about atrocities against ethnic Germans in Danzig
Danzig
and other cities. Even so, he was unable to persuade the majority of Germans to welcome the prospect of war. He privately held doubts about the wisdom of risking a protracted war against Britain and France by attacking Poland.

After the Invasion of Poland
Invasion of Poland
in 1939, Goebbels
Goebbels
used his propaganda ministry and the Reich chambers to control access to information domestically. To his chagrin, his rival Joachim von Ribbentrop , the Minister for Foreign Affairs , continually challenged Goebbels' jurisdiction over the dissemination of international propaganda. Hitler declined to make a firm ruling on the subject, so the two men remained rivals for the remainder of the Nazi era. Goebbels
Goebbels
did not participate in the military decision making process, nor was he made privy to diplomatic negotiations until after the fact. Production of a newsreel at the front lines, January 1941

The Propaganda
Propaganda
Ministry took over the broadcasting facilities of conquered countries immediately after surrender, and began broadcasting prepared material using the existing announcers as a way to gain the trust of the citizens. Most aspects of the media, both domestically and in the conquered countries, were controlled by Goebbels
Goebbels
and his department. The German Home Service, the Armed Forces Programme, and the German European Service were all rigorously controlled in everything from the information they were permitted to disseminate to the music they were allowed to play. Party rallies, speeches, and demonstrations continued; speeches were broadcast on the radio and short propaganda films were exhibited using 1,500 mobile film vans. Hitler made fewer public appearances and broadcasts as the war progressed, so Goebbels
Goebbels
increasingly became the voice of the Nazi regime for the German people. From May 1940 he wrote frequent editorials that were published in _Das Reich _ which were later read aloud over the radio. He found films to be his most effective propaganda medium, after radio. At his insistence, initially half the films made in wartime Germany
Germany
were propaganda films (particularly on antisemitism) and war propaganda films (recounting both historical wars and current exploits of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
).

Goebbels
Goebbels
became preoccupied with morale and the efforts of the people on the home front. He believed that the more the people at home were involved in the war effort, the better their morale would be. For example, he initiated a programme for the collection of winter clothing and ski equipment for troops on the eastern front. At the same time, Goebbels
Goebbels
implemented changes to have more "entertaining material" in radio and film produced for the public, decreeing in late 1942 that 20 per cent of the films should be propaganda and 80 per cent light entertainment. As _Gauleiter_ of Berlin, Goebbels
Goebbels
dealt with increasingly serious shortages of necessities such as food and clothing, as well as the need to ration beer and tobacco, which were important for morale. Hitler suggested watering the beer and degrading the quality of the cigarettes so that more could be produced, but Goebbels
Goebbels
refused, saying the cigarettes were already of such low quality that it was impossible to make them any worse. Through his propaganda campaigns, he worked hard to maintain an appropriate level of morale among the public about the military situation, neither too optimistic nor too grim. The series of military setbacks the Germans suffered in this period – the thousand-bomber raid on Cologne
Cologne
(May 1942), the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein (November 1942), and especially the catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad (February 1943) – were difficult matters to present to the German public, who were increasingly weary of the war and skeptical that it could be won. On 15 January 1943, Hitler appointed Goebbels
Goebbels
as head of the newly created Air Raid Damage committee, which meant Goebbels
Goebbels
was nominally in charge of nationwide civil air defenses and shelters as well as the assessment and repair of damaged buildings. In actuality, the defence of areas other than Berlin remained in the hands of the local _Gauleiters_, and his main tasks were limited to providing immediate aid to the affected civilians and using propaganda to improve their morale.

By early 1943, the war produced a labour crisis for the regime. Hitler created a three-man committee with representatives of the State, the army, and the Party in an attempt to centralise control of the war economy. The committee members were Hans Lammers (head of the Reich Chancellery), Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel , chief of the _Oberkommando der Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
_ (Armed Forces High Command; OKW), and Martin Bormann , who controlled the Party. The committee was intended to independently propose measures regardless of the wishes of various ministries, with Hitler reserving most final decisions to himself. The committee, soon known as the _Dreierausschuß_ (Committee of Three), met eleven times between January and August 1943. However, they ran up against resistance from Hitler's cabinet ministers, who headed deeply entrenched spheres of influence and were excluded from the committee. Seeing it as a threat to their power, Goebbels, Göring, and Speer worked together to bring it down. The result was that nothing changed, and the Committee of Three declined into irrelevance by September 1943. Sportpalast speech , 18 February 1943

Partly in response to being excluded from the Committee of Three, Goebbels
Goebbels
pressured Hitler to introduce measures that would produce "total war ", including closing businesses not essential to the war effort, conscripting women into the labour force, and enlisting men in previously exempt occupations into the Wehrmacht. Some of these measures were implemented in an edict of 13 January, but to Goebbels' dismay, Göring demanded that his favourite restaurants in Berlin should remain open, and Lammers successfully lobbied Hitler to have women with children exempted from conscription, even if they had child care available. After receiving an enthusiastic response to his speech of 30 January 1943 on the topic, Goebbels
Goebbels
believed he had the support of the German people in his call for total war. His next speech, the Sportpalast speech of 18 February 1943, was a passionate demand for his audience to commit to total war, which he presented as the only way to stop the Bolshevik
Bolshevik
onslaught and save the German people from destruction. The speech also had a strong antisemitic element and hinted at the extermination of the Jewish people that was already underway. The speech was presented live on radio and was filmed as well. Goebbels' efforts had little impact for the time being, as while Hitler was in principle in favour of total war, he was not prepared to implement changes over the objections of his ministers. The discovery around this time of a mass grave of Polish officers that had been killed by the Red Army in the 1940 Katyn massacre was made use of by Goebbels
Goebbels
in his propaganda in an attempt to drive a wedge between the Soviets and the other western allies.

PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR TOTAL WAR

9 March 1945: Goebbels
Goebbels
awards 16-year-old Hitler Youth Willi Hübner the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
for the defence of Lauban

After the Allied invasion of Sicily (July 1943) and the strategic Soviet victory in the Battle of Kursk (July–August 1943), Goebbels began to recognize that the war could no longer be won. Following the Allied invasion of Italy and the fall of Mussolini in September, he raised with Hitler the possibility of a separate peace, either with the Soviets or with Britain. Hitler rejected both of these proposals.

As Germany's military and economic situation grew steadily worse, on 25 August 1943 _ Reichsführer-SS _ Heinrich Himmler took over the post of interior minister, replacing Wilhelm Frick
Wilhelm Frick
. Intensive air raids on Berlin
Berlin
and other cities took the lives of thousands of people. Göring's Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
attempted to retaliate with air raids on London in early 1944, but they no longer had sufficient aircraft to make much of an impact. While Goebbels' propaganda in this period indicated that a huge retaliation was in the offing, the V-1 flying bombs , launched on British targets beginning in mid-June 1944, had little effect, with only around 20 per cent reaching their intended targets. To boost morale, Goebbels
Goebbels
continued to publish propaganda to the effect that further improvements to these weapons would have a decisive impact on the outcome of the war. Meanwhile, in the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944, the Allies successfully gained a foothold in France. Goebbels
Goebbels
(centre) and Armaments Minister Albert Speer
Albert Speer
(to Goebbels' left) observe tests at Peenemünde , August 1943

Throughout July, Goebbels
Goebbels
and Speer continued to press Hitler to bring the economy to a total war footing. The 20 July plot , where Hitler was almost killed by a bomb at his field headquarters in East Prussia
Prussia
, played into the hands of those who had been pushing for change: Bormann, Goebbels, Himmler, and Speer. Over the objections of Göring, Goebbels
Goebbels
was appointed on 23 July as Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War, charged with maximising the manpower for the Wehrmacht and the armaments industry at the expense of sectors of the economy not critical to the war effort. Through these efforts, he was able to free up an additional half a million men for military service. However, as many of these new recruits came from the armaments industry, the move put him in conflict with armaments minister Speer. Untrained workers from elsewhere were not readily absorbed into the armaments industry, and likewise the new Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
recruits waited in barracks for their turn to be trained.

At Hitler's behest, the _ Volkssturm _ (People's Storm) – a nationwide militia of men previously considered unsuitable for military service – was formed on 18 October 1944. Goebbels
Goebbels
recorded in his diary that 100,000 recruits were sworn in from his _Gau_ alone. However, the men, mostly age 45 to 60, received only rudimentary training and many were not properly armed. Goebbels' notion that these men could effectively serve on the front lines against Soviet tanks and artillery was unrealistic at best. The programme was deeply unpopular.

DEFEAT AND DEATH

In the last months of the war, Goebbels' speeches and articles took on an increasingly apocalyptic tone. By the beginning of 1945, with the Soviets on the Oder River
Oder River
and the Western Allies preparing to cross the Rhine , he could no longer disguise the fact that defeat was inevitable. Berlin
Berlin
had little in the way of fortifications or artillery (or even _Volkssturm_ units, 'civilian soldiers'), as almost everything had been sent to the front. Goebbels
Goebbels
noted in his diary on 21 January that millions of Germans were fleeing westward. He tentatively discussed with Hitler the issue of making peace overtures to the western allies, but Hitler again refused. Privately, Goebbels was conflicted at pushing the case with Hitler since he did not want to lose the confidence of his Führer.

When other Nazi leaders urged Hitler to leave Berlin
Berlin
and establish a new centre of resistance in the National Redoubt in Bavaria, Goebbels opposed this, arguing for a heroic last stand in Berlin. His family (except for Magda's son Harald, who had served in the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
and been captured by the Allies) moved into their house in Berlin
Berlin
to await the end. He and Magda may have discussed suicide and the fate of their young children in a long meeting on the night of 27 January. He knew how the outside world would view the criminal acts committed by the regime, and had no desire to subject himself to the "debacle" of a trial. He burned his private papers on the night of 18 April.

Goebbels
Goebbels
knew how to play on Hitler's fantasies, encouraging him to see the hand of providence in the death of United States
United States
President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 12 April. Whether Hitler really saw this event as a turning point as Goebbels
Goebbels
proclaimed is not known. By this time, Goebbels
Goebbels
had gained the position he had wanted so long – at the side of Hitler. Göring was utterly discredited, although he was not stripped of his offices until 23 April. Himmler, whose appointment as commander of Army Group Vistula had led to disaster on the Oder, was also in disgrace with Hitler. Most of Hitler's inner circle, including Göring, Himmler, Ribbentrop, and Speer, prepared to leave Berlin
Berlin
immediately after Hitler's birthday celebration on 20 April. Even Bormann was "not anxious" to meet his end at Hitler's side. On 22 April, Hitler announced that he would stay in Berlin until the end and then shoot himself. Goebbels
Goebbels
moved with his family into the _ Vorbunker _, connected to the lower _ Führerbunker _ under the Reich Chancellery garden in central Berlin, that same day. He told Vice-Admiral Hans-Erich Voss that he would not entertain the idea of either surrender or escape. On 23 April, Goebbels
Goebbels
made the following proclamation to the people of Berlin:

I call on you to fight for your city. Fight with everything you have got, for the sake of your wives and your children, your mothers and your parents. Your arms are defending everything we have ever held dear, and all the generations that will come after us. Be proud and courageous! Be inventive and cunning! Your _Gauleiter_ is amongst you. He and his colleagues will remain in your midst. His wife and children are here as well. He, who once captured the city with 200 men, will now use every means to galvanize the defense of the capital. The battle for Berlin
Berlin
must become the signal for the whole nation to rise up in battle ..."

After midnight on 29 April, with the Soviets advancing ever closer to the bunker complex, Hitler married Eva Braun in a small civil ceremony within the _Führerbunker_. Afterwards, Hitler hosted a modest wedding breakfast with his new wife. Hitler then took secretary Traudl Junge to another room and dictated his last will and testament . Goebbels
Goebbels
and Bormann were two of the witnesses.

In his last will and testament, Hitler named no successor as Führer or leader of the Nazi Party. Instead, he appointed Goebbels
Goebbels
as Reich Chancellor; Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz , who was at Flensburg
Flensburg
near the Danish border, as Reich President; and Bormann as Party Minister. Goebbels
Goebbels
wrote a postscript to the will stating that he would disobey Hitler's order to leave Berlin: "For reasons of humanity and personal loyalty", he had to stay. Further, his wife and children would be staying, as well. They would end their lives "side by side with the Führer".

In the mid-afternoon of 30 April, Hitler shot himself . After Hitler's suicide, Goebbels
Goebbels
was depressed. Voss later recounted Goebbels
Goebbels
as saying: "It is a great pity that such a man is not with us any longer. But there is nothing to be done. For us, everything is lost now and the only way out left for us is the one which Hitler chose. I shall follow his example."

On 1 May, Goebbels
Goebbels
completed his sole official act as Chancellor. He dictated a letter to General Vasily Chuikov
Vasily Chuikov
and ordered German General Hans Krebs to deliver it under a white flag . Chuikov, as commander of the Soviet 8th Guards Army
Soviet 8th Guards Army
, commanded the Soviet forces in central Berlin. Goebbels' letter informed Chuikov of Hitler's death and requested a ceasefire. After this was rejected, Goebbels
Goebbels
decided that further efforts were futile.

Later on 1 May, Vice-Admiral Voss saw Goebbels
Goebbels
for the last time: "... While saying goodbye I asked Goebbels
Goebbels
to join us. But he replied: 'The captain must not leave his sinking ship. I have thought about it all and decided to stay here. I have nowhere to go because with little children I will not be able to make it, especially with a leg like mine...' " The Goebbels
Goebbels
family. In this vintage manipulated image , Goebbels' stepson Harald Quandt (who was absent due to military duty) was added to the group portrait.

On the evening of 1 May 1945, Goebbels
Goebbels
arranged for an SS dentist, Helmut Kunz , to inject his six children with morphine so that when they were unconscious, an ampule of cyanide could be then crushed in each of their mouths. According to Kunz's later testimony, he gave the children morphine injections but it was Magda Goebbels and SS-_ Obersturmbannführer _ Ludwig Stumpfegger , Hitler's personal doctor, who administered the cyanide.

At around 20:30, Goebbels
Goebbels
and Magda left the bunker and walked up to the garden of the Chancellery, where they committed suicide. There are several different accounts of this event. According to one account, Goebbels
Goebbels
shot Magda and then himself. Another account was that they each bit on a cyanide ampule and were given a coup de grâce immediately afterwards. Goebbels' SS adjutant Günther Schwägermann testified in 1948 that they walked ahead of him up the stairs and out into the Chancellery garden. He waited in the stairwell and heard the shots sound. Schwägermann then walked up the remaining stairs and, once outside, saw their lifeless bodies. Following Goebbels' prior order, Schwägermann had an SS soldier fire several shots into his body, which did not move.

The bodies were then doused with petrol , but they were only partially burned and not buried. A few days later, Voss was brought back to the bunker by the Soviets to identify the partly burned bodies of Joseph and Magda Goebbels and their children. The remains of the Goebbels' family, Hitler, Braun, General Krebs, and Hitler\'s dogs were repeatedly buried and exhumed. The last burial was at the SMERSH facility in Magdeburg
Magdeburg
on 21 February 1946. In 1970, KGB
KGB
director Yuri Andropov authorised an operation to destroy the remains. On 4 April 1970, a Soviet KGB
KGB
team used detailed burial charts to exhume five wooden boxes at the Magdeburg
Magdeburg
SMERSH facility. Those were burned, crushed, and scattered into the Biederitz river, a tributary of the nearby Elbe
Elbe
.

ANTISEMITISM AND THE HOLOCAUST

A ruined synagogue in Munich after Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht

Like many Germans of that time, Goebbels
Goebbels
was antisemitic from a young age. After joining the NSDAP and meeting Hitler, his antisemitism grew and became more radical. He began to see the Jews as a destructive force with a negative impact on German society. After the Nazis
Nazis
seized power, he repeatedly urged Hitler to take action against the Jews. Despite his extreme antisemitism, Goebbels
Goebbels
spoke of the "rubbish of race-materialism" and of the unnecessity of biological racism for the Nazi ideology. He also described Himmler's ideology as "in many regards, mad" and thought Alfred Rosenberg 's theories were ridiculous.

The Nazi party's goal was to remove Jews from German cultural and economic life, and eventually to remove them from the country altogether. In addition to his propaganda efforts, Goebbels
Goebbels
actively promoted the persecution of the Jews through pogroms, legislation, and other actions. Discriminatory measures he instituted in Berlin
Berlin
in the early years of the regime included bans against their using public transport and requiring that Jewish shops be marked as such.

In November 1938, the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath was killed in Paris by a young Jewish man. In response, Goebbels
Goebbels
arranged for inflammatory antisemitic material to be released by the press, and the result was the start of a pogrom . Jews were attacked and synagogues destroyed all over Germany. The situation was further inflamed by a speech Goebbels
Goebbels
gave at a party meeting on the night of 8 November, where he obliquely called for party members to incite further violence against Jews while making it appear to be a spontaneous series of acts by the German people. At least a hundred Jews were killed, several hundred synagogues were damaged or destroyed, and thousands of Jewish shops were vandalized in an event called _ Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht
_ (Night of Broken Glass). Around 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. The destruction stopped after a conference held on 12 November, where Göring pointed out that the destruction of Jewish property was in effect the destruction of German property, since the intention was that it would all eventually be confiscated.

Goebbels
Goebbels
continued his intensive antisemitic propaganda campaign that culminated in Hitler's 30 January 1939 Reichstag speech, which Goebbels
Goebbels
helped to write: Yellow badge made mandatory by the Nazis
Nazis
in France

If international finance Jewry in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the bolshevization of the earth and thereby the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!

While Goebbels
Goebbels
had been pressing for expulsion of the Berlin
Berlin
Jews since 1935, there were still 62,000 living in the city in 1940. Part of the delay in their deportation was that they were needed as workers in the armaments industry. Deportations of German Jews began in October 1941, with the first transport from Berlin
Berlin
leaving on 18 October. Some Jews were shot immediately on arrival in destinations such as Riga
Riga
and Kaunas . In preparation for the deportations, Goebbels
Goebbels
ordered that all German Jews were required by law to wear an identifying yellow badge as of 5 September 1941. On 6 March 1942, Goebbels
Goebbels
received a copy of the minutes of the Wannsee Conference . The document made the Nazi policy clear: the Jewish population of Europe was to be sent to extermination camps in occupied areas of Poland and killed. His diary entries of the period show that he was well aware of the fate of the Jews. "In general, it can probably be established that 60 percent of them will have to be liquidated, while only 40 percent can be put to work. ... A judgment is being carried out on the Jews which is barbaric but thoroughly deserved," he wrote on 27 March 1942.

Goebbels
Goebbels
had frequent discussions with Hitler about the fate of the Jews, a subject they discussed almost every time they met. He was aware throughout that the Jews were being exterminated, and completely supported this decision. He was one of the few top Nazi officials to do so publicly.

FAMILY LIFE

Post-reconciliation photo commissioned by Hitler, 1938

Hitler was very fond of Magda Goebbels and the children. He enjoyed staying at the Goebbels' Berlin
Berlin
apartment, where he could relax. Magda had a close relationship with Hitler, and became a member of his small coterie of female friends. She also became an unofficial representative of the regime, receiving letters from all over Germany from women with questions about domestic matters or child custody issues.

In 1936, Goebbels
Goebbels
met the Czech actress Lída Baarová and by the winter of 1937 began an intense affair with her. Magda had a long conversation with Hitler about it on 15 August 1938. Unwilling to put up with a scandal involving one of his top ministers, Hitler demanded that Goebbels
Goebbels
break off the relationship. Thereafter, Joseph and Magda seemed to reach a truce until the end of September. The couple had another falling out at that point, and once again Hitler became involved, insisting the couple stay together. Hitler arranged for publicity photos to be taken of himself with the reconciled couple in October. Magda too had affairs, including a relationship with Kurt Ludecke in 1933 and Karl Hanke in 1938.

The Goebbels
Goebbels
family included Harald Quandt (Magda's son from her first marriage; born 1921), plus Helga (1932), Hilde (1934), Helmuth (1935), Holde (1937), Hedda (1938), and Heide (1940). Harald was the only member of the family to survive the war.

SEE ALSO

* Glossary of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
* Gottbegnadeten list * List of Nazi Party
Nazi Party
leaders and officials * Nazi propaganda

REFERENCES

EXPLANATORY NOTES

* ^ Among Goebbels' school papers offered for auction in 2012 were more than 100 love letters written between Goebbels
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* Bramsted, Ernest (1965). _ Goebbels
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Ministry". _Holocaust and Genocide Studies_. 19 (1): 51–80. doi :10.1093/hgs/dci003 . * Miller, Michael D.; Schulz, Andreas (2012). Albrecht, Herbert; Hüttmann, H. Wilhelm, eds. _Gauleiter. 1. The Regional Leaders of the Nazi Party
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