German Propaganda Archive Calvin University

Nazi and East German Propaganda

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Book CoverPropaganda was central to Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic. The German Propaganda Archive includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists. The goal is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to the primary material. For further information, see the FAQ. New items are described in the GPA Blog.

My book titled Bending Spines: The Propagandas of Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic (Michigan State University Press, 2004) provides an analysis of some of the material on the German Propaganda Archive. It can be ordered in the United States through Amazon. It is available in French and a bootlegged translation in Iran.

A Chinese translation appeared in July 2012 but was almost immediately banned by the Chinese government. It was apparently “unbanned” for a while, but I have been told that it is again banned. The book has had some influence on “The Great Translation Movement,” a project by overseas Chinese to put material from internal Chinese media on the Internet. According to participants in that project, my book is “terrifyingly familiar.”


Nazi Propaganda

The theory and practice of propaganda

Pre-1933 Material Essays by Goebbels, posters and other material
1933-1945 Material Propaganda of the Third Reich
Speeches by Hitler, Goebbels, Ley, Göring, and Streicher.
Attacks on the Jews.
Posters, caricatures, art, and photographs
The war from the Nazi perspective
A variety of Nazi propaganda
What Nazi propagandists were reading
Links to sites relevant to Nazi propaganda

East German Propaganda

Marxist propaganda: 1945-1989

Speeches on the Berlin Wall and more
A variety of GDR propaganda
Wall propaganda material and posters
What GDR propagandists were reading
Links to other East German propaganda sites
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Last edited 23 March 2024

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Professor Emeritus, Calvin University
Affiliate Professor, LCC International University, Klaipėda, Lithuania