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This article is about Joseph Goebbels and his pivotal role in the formation of Adolph Hitler’s status and power. Goebbels was one of few individuals that realized early on the importance of the support of the masses in attaining power. As minister of propaganda, Goebbels was in charge of making sure that the citizens perceived all information the way that the Nazi Party wanted them to. While originally he was against Hitler, he soon recognized Hitler’s great oratory talents. While Hitler was the orator that delivered the message to the German people, Goebbels was the one making sure that the content of the message was, indeed, the "proper" message to be relayed to the masses. Goebbels utilized radio, television, and cinema to spread his propaganda. He was very effective with this media and realized their importance in fostering public support. Through this manipulation of the public did Goebbels enable the Nazi Party to accomplish its many terrible deeds. Goebbels was very committed to the Nazi cause and arguably was just as or even more important to many of its “accomplishments” than Hitler. Like Hitler, Goebbels and his family also suffered a bloody fate.
Goebbels realized that before the Nazi Party could gain power and take over the state, they had to win over the hearts and minds of the people. Because of the importance of fostering the support of the masses, Goebbels placed such a great emphasis on propaganda. His use of film allowed his propaganda to most effectively reach the masses. Film was the most influential medium for propaganda because it allowed for great subtlety in the portrayal of the message the Nazis wanted. The importance of film as a tool for propaganda and Joseph Gobbels’ high priority of attaining the support of the German public as minister of propaganda led to an overemphasis of the value of film, specifically when he unwisely allocated an excessive amount of money and troops—much needed resources for the war—to the making of the film Kolberg.