Adolf Hitler

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Adolf Hitler, 1938

Born 20 April 1889 near Linz, Austria. German politician, leader of the Nazi Party , Chancellor of Germany 1933 – 1945, Führer (“Leader”) of Nazi Germany 1934 – 1945. Initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and was central to the Holocaust. Committed suicide 30 April, 1945, in his Berlin war bunker when defeat by the Allied army was immanent. A master manipulator of human emotions through the effective use of propaganda principles.

Anyone concerned with resisting the power of propaganda should familiarize themselves with Hitler’s behavior and thought. Especially sobering is the fact that Hitler consolidated absolute power in only six months once President Hindenburg appointed him Chancellor. But Hitler and the Nazis also planned ahead, laying groundwork as early as 1920.

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Hitler – A Concise Timeline of Significant Events

    • August 1920 – Formation of what becomes Strumabteilung (SA) “Storm Troopers.” Financed by wealthy industrialists supporting the Nazis, and recruited from the numerous unemployed men, this private army is supplied uniforms, living quarters, meals and supplies.
    • 1922 – Formation of Jungsturm and Jugendbund, later renamed Hitler Youth.
    • 1923 – Formation of what later becomes the Schutzstaffel (SS) “Protection Squad.”
    • July 1932 – Nazis win 37% of Reichstag (Parliment); SA continues beating Communists and Jews.
    • August 1932 – Göring leads Reichstag to amend ‘acts of political violence’ statute; penalty becomes ‘lifetime imprisonment, 20 years hard labor, or death.’ Special courts will try such cases. Hitler later uses this law to destroy his opponents.
    • November 1932 – Nazis win 33% of Reichstag; Communist place 3rd with 17%.
    • November 1932 – Communists commit political suicide by refusing alliance with Social Democrats to destroy the Nazis, hoping instead to destroy the moderate leftist parties.
    • November 1932 – Chancellor Papen resigns, promises Hitler his support in return for Vice-Chancellorship: tells President Hindenburg he can “tame” Hitler.
    • January 1933 – “It is a hopeless misjudgment to think that one could force a dictatorial regime upon the German nation….The diversity of the German people calls for democracy.” – Theodor Wolff in Frankfurter Zeitung
    • January 30, 1933 – Chancellor Schleicher resigns, Hindenburg appoints Hitler as Chancellor, Papen as Vice-Chancellor. Cabinet now has three Nazis and eight Papen associates. Goring becomes head of Prussian police force. With Germans opposed to Nazism failing to unite against it, Hitler soon consolidates absolute power.
    • February 27, 1933 – Nazis in a “false flag” operation burn the Reichstag and blame Communists.
    • February 28, 1933 – Hitler convinces Hindenburg to sign Reichstag Fire Decree suspending most civil liberties: habeas corpus; freedoms of speech, the press, free association and public assembly; secrecy of the mail and telephone. Nazis never reinstated these rights.
    • March 5, 1933 – In the last free election, Nazis win 45% of Reichstag; still not a majority.
    • March 6, 1933 – The 81 Communist Reichstag members are arrested, the party is banned.
    • March 23, 1933 – Reichstag passes Enabling Act “temporarily” granting Chancellor Hitler and his  cabinet authority to pass even unconstitutional laws without parliamentary consent or control. Upon Hindenburg’s death in August 1934, Hitler will become absolute dictator.
    • May 1, 1933 – While trade union delegates meet on May Day in Berlin, SA troops destroy their offices around the country.
    • May 2, 1933 – All trade unions are dissolved, their leaders arrested, many sent to concentration camps.
    • June 19, 1933 Nazis outlaw the Social Democratic Party.
    • July 14, 1933 – The Nazi party is the only legally permitted party in Germany.
    • July 30, 1933 – Catholic Church signs Reich Concordat with Germany. Hitler expresses amazement at how quickly he was able to silence the Catholics.

Hitler had fulfilled his campaign promise: “I set for myself one aim … to sweep these thirty parties out of Germany!”

Should America undergo a similar dictatorial takeover, the steps will not exactly replicate those above. It is safe to assume, however, that any group attempting such a takeover will be fully aware of how the Nazis did it, and will make plans appropriate for the American situation. The psychological reactions of American citizens will be similar to those of the German citizens because human psychology has not changed. Many people will be terrorized into following orders and keeping quiet when the oppression begins. Others will hope for the best while the worst takes place. Many will be all-too-willing to brutalize, terrorize and murder their fellow citizens. It remains to be seen when and how an effective opposition may be formed, who will join, and how successful it will be.

Adolf Hitler on Propaganda
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.[1]

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.[1]

By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.[1]

The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.[1]

The truth is the best propaganda.[1]

All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.[1]

It is not truth that matters, but victory.[1]

Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.[1]

Words build bridges into unexplored regions.[1]

All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.[1]

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.[1]

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.[1]

I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.[1]

Great liars are also great magicians.[1]

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.[1]

The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.[1]

As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid.[1]

The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective [propaganda] will be.[1]

Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people; the [party] organization embraces within its scope only those who do not threaten on psychological grounds to become a brake on the further dissemination of ideas.[1]

But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.[1]

I soon realized that the correct use of propaganda is a true art which has remained practically unknown to the bourgeois parties. Only the Christian- Social movement, especially in Lueger’s time achieved a certain virtuosity on this instrument, to which it owed many of its success.[1]

It [Christian Social Party] recognized the value of large-scale propaganda and was a virtuoso in influencing the psychological instincts of the broad masses of its adherents.[1]

Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.[1]

The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one.[1]

When there is change, it must not alter the content of what propaganda is driving at, but in the end must always say the same thing. For instance, a slogan must be presented from different angles, but the end of all remarks must always and immutably be the slogan itself. Only in this way can the propaganda have a unified and complete effect.[1]

[Propaganda] must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect… The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses.[1]

The grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down.[1]

In political matters feeling often decides more correctly than reason.[1]

To whom should propaganda be addressed? To the scientifically trained intelligentsia or the less educated masses? It must be addressed always and exclusively to the masses.[1]

For I must not measure the speech of a statesman to his people by the impression which it leaves in a university professor, but by the effect it exerts on the people. And this alone gives the standard for the speaker’s genius.[1]

[This is the] very first condition which has to be fulfilled in every kind of propaganda: a systematically one-sided attitude towards every problem that has to be dealt with…[1]

As soon as one point is removed from the sphere of dogmatic certainty, the discussion may not simply result in a new and better formulation, but may easily lead to endless debates and general confusion.[1]

The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed.[1]

It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance… As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered.[1]

[Propaganda] does not have multiple shadings; it has a positive and a negative; love or hate, right or wrong, truth or lie, never half this way and half that way…[1]

The purpose of propaganda is not to provide interesting distraction for blasé young gentlemen, but to convince… the masses. But the masses are slow moving, and they always require a certain time before they are ready even to notice a thing, and only after the simplest ideas are repeated thousands of times will the masses finally remember them.[1]

The task of propaganda lies not in a scientific training of the individual, but rather in directing the masses toward certain facts, events, necessities, etc., the purpose being to move their importance into the masses’ field of vision.[1]

All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.[1]

More than once I was tormented by the thought that if Providence had put me in the place of the incapable of criminal incompetents or scoundrels in our propaganda service, our battle with Destiny would have taken a different turn.[1]

All propaganda must be confined to a few bare necessities and then must be expressed in a few stereotyped formulas . . . Only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea upon the memory of a crowd.[1]

Adolf Hitler on Lying
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.[2]

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.[2]

The universalists, the idealists, the Utopians all aim too high. They give promises of an unattainable paradise, and by doing so they deceive mankind. Whatever label they wear, whether they call themselves Christians, Communists, humanitarians, whether they are merely sincere but stupid or wire-pullers and cynics, they are all makers of slaves. I myself have always kept my eye fixed on a paradise which, in the nature of things, lies well within our reach. I mean an improvement in the lot of the German people. (21st February 1945)[2]

Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.[2]

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.[2]

The greatness of every mighty organization embodying an idea in this world lies in the religious fanaticism and intolerance with which, fanatically convinced of its own right, it intolerantly imposes its will against all others.[2]

By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell – and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.[2]

Our strength lies in our intensive attacks and our barbarity…After all, who today remembers the genocide of the Armenians?[2]

The greater the lie, the greater the chance that it will be believed.[2]

We were not foolish enough to try to make a currency [backed by] gold of which we had none, but for every mark that was issued we required the equivalent of a mark’s worth of work done or goods produced … we laugh at the time our national financiers held the view that the value of a currency is regulated by the gold and securities lying in the vaults of a state bank.[2]

In late marriage alone lies the compulsion to retain an institution which, twist and turn as you like, is and remains a disgrace to humanity, an institution which is damned ill-suited to a being who with his usual modesty likes to regard himself as the ‘image’ of God.[2]

The black-haired Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end, satanically glaring at and spying on the unsuspicious girl whom he plans to seduce, adulterating her blood and removing her from the bosom of her own people. The Jew uses every possible means to undermine the racial foundations of a subjugated people.[2]

Strength lies not in defence but in attack.[2]

All advertising, whether it lies in the field of business or of politics, will carry success by continuity and regular uniformity of application.[2]

A definite factor in getting a lie believed is the size of the lie. The broad mass of the people, in the simplicity of their hearts, more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.[2]

The greatness of Christianity did not lie in attempted negotiations for compromise with any similar philosophical opinions in the ancient world, but in its inexorable fanaticism in preaching and fighting for its own doctrine.[2]

Only in the steady and constant application of force lies the very first prerequisite for success. This persistence, however, can always and only arise from a definite spiritual conviction. Any violence which does not spring from a firm, spiritual base, will be wavering and uncertain.[2]

The more abstractly correct and hence powerful this idea will be, the more impossible remains its complete fulfillment as long as it continues to depend on human beings… If this were not so, the founders of religion could not be counted among the greatest men of this earth… In its workings, even the religion of love is only the weak reflection of the will of its exalted founder; its significance, however, lies in the direction which it attempted to give to a universal human development of culture, ethics, and morality.[2]

In wartime we provide truth with a bodyguard of lies because it is so precious.[2]

The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one.[2]

Struggle is the father of all things, virtue lies in blood, leadership is primary and decisive.[2]

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.[2]

[Propaganda] does not have multiple shadings; it has a positive and a negative; love or hate, right or wrong, truth or lie, never half this way and half that way…[2]

Propaganda] must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect… The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses.[2]

Kill, Destroy, Sack, Tell lie; how much you want after victory nobody asks why?[2]

Industry, technology, and commerce can thrive only as long as an idealistic national community offers the necessary preconditions. And these do not lie in material egoism, but in a spirit of sacrifice and joyful renunciation.[2]

Unscrupulous agitators have been at work spreading atrocity stories which can only be compared with those lies that were fabricated by the same instigators at the beginning of the Great War.[2]

No more than a famous master can be replaced and another take over the completion of the half-finished painting he has left behind can the great poet and thinker, the great statesman and the great soldier, be replaced. For their activity lies always in the province of art. It is not mechanically trained but inborn by God’s grace.[2]

I realise that man, in his imperfection, can commit innumerable errors – but to devote myself deliberately to errors, that is something I cannot do. I shall never come personally to terms with the Christian lie. Our epoch, in the next 200 years, will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity. My regret will have been that I could not behold its demise.[2]

People are more likely to believe a big lie than a small one.[2]

Something therefore always remains and sticks from the most imprudent of lies, a fact which all bodies and individuals concerned in the art of lying in this world know only too well, and therefore they stop at nothing to achieve this end.[2]

Churchill is the very type of a corrupt journalist. There is not a worse prostitute in politics. He himself has written that it’s unimaginable what can be done in war with the help of lies. He’s an utterly amoral repulsive creature. I’m convinced that he has his place of refuge ready beyond the Atlantic. He obviously won’t seek sanctuary in Canada. In Canada he’d be beaten up. He’ll go to his friends the Yankees. As soon as this damnable winter is over, we’ll remedy all that.[2]

The Big Lie is a major untruth uttered frequently by leaders as a means of duping and controlling the constituency.[2]

The union of theorizer, organizer, and leader in one man is the rarest phenomenon on earth; therein lies greatness.[2]

If the lie is large enough, everyone will believe it.[2]

The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgement of the National Socialist state by the Catholic Church. This treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism is hostile to religion is a lie.[2]

The broad mass of a nation will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one. The greater the lie, the greater chance that it will be believed. All epoch-making events have been produced not by the written, but the spoken word.[2]

Columbus’s eggs lie around by the hundreds of thousands, but Columbuses are met with less frequency.[2]

I shall never come personally to terms with the Christian lie.[2]

The broad mass of a nation?will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.[2]

The task of propaganda lies not in a scientific training of the individual, but rather in directing the masses toward certain facts, events, necessities, etc., the purpose being to move their importance into the masses’ field of vision.[2]

If, in the course of a thousand or two thousand years, science arrives at the necessity of renewing its points of view, that will not mean that science is a liar. Science cannot lie, for it’s always striving, according to the momentary state of knowledge, to deduce what is true. When it makes a mistake, it does so in good faith. It’s Christianity that’s the liar. It’s in perpetual conflict with itself.[2]

You will never learn what I am thinking. And those who boast most loudly that they know my thought, to such people I lie even more.[2]

The thinking of the one, therefore, will be determined by eternal truth, the actions of the other more by the practical reality of the moment. The greatness of the one lies in the absolute abstract soundness of his idea…[2]

Quotation Sources and Links
1. Propaganda : AZQuotes.com
2. Lying: AZQuotes.com