Citation: Assorted Nazi political films, 1932-1943 [videorecording]. Videocassette. International Historic Films, 1985.
This film recording provides an opportunity to further understand the effect of the Nazi regime on Germany and its people. The video begins by showing audiences the speech that Hitler gives to the people of Germany after winning the election in 1932. Hitler speaks of the way in which the country needs to unite and rid itself of the 30 plus political parties that now exists in the country and instead join as one front. He goes on to makes statements about the leaders who have been in charge for the past thirteen years, holding them accountable for any financial, cultural, or societal dilemmas that had arisen to weaken Germany. Finally, he challenges the people to rise up with him in the hopes of creating a stronger, more powerful Germany. He explains that the strength of the nation starts with the people and that no progress can be made without their support. The next recording is a speech of Hitler’s in Vienna in 1938 on the Anniversary of Munich Putsch. The crowds roar and soldiers raise their arms towards their leader as Hitler speaks once again of a country united in a fight for power and strength. Finally, the video displays a speech given by Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, in 1943. Within his speech, he challenges the German people to remain loyal to their motherland. He explains that this is the time in which people must be willing to make heavy sacrifice for the greater good of their others and their country. He ensures society not to lose hope and reminds them of the potential German had to exude dominance and power in the world.
After watching this film, I could not help but relate it back to the idea of Nazi propaganda and reflect on the way in which Nazi power had such a great influence over German society. In every clip of this recording, there is an abundance of German citizens cheering and saluting, each in favor of the Nazis quest for power. Even in 1943, when the tides of the war were beginning to turn, Nazis still were able to influence the people and instill in them a sense of duty and loyalty to the Nazi hierarchy and Germany in general. These video recording demonstrate that, during the Nazi regime, Nazi leaders held the power to persuade the German people and evoke emotion within them. This insight into the societal structure in German society proves to explain how film production could affect the sentiments of society. The German people was so heavily shaped by the Nazi regime that it is not hard to believe that Nazi films, such as Wunschkonzert, were indeed capable of evoking in audiences a particular emotion and leaving a last impact on their outlook on cultural, war, and many other aspects of German life.