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73,794. When the unemployed Dr Goebbels found his cult figure he felt called of God. This is was his messiah. Hitler’s Henchmen: Goebbels the Agitator
73,795. He wanted one thing above all: to be noticed. ibid.
91,685. These are Goebbels’ real legacy: pictures intended to spellbind. ibid.
91,686. Goebbels would provide the musical accompaniment: a war of words. (Nazis: Goebbels & Words) ibid.
91,687. Instead of wonderful weapons, desperate lies. (Nazis: Goebbels & Words & Lies) ibid.
91,688. Goebbels has his children brought to the bunker. ibid.
91,689. I think Hitler valued Goebbels highly as a very devoted follower, as a committed National Socialist. Traudl Junge, Hitler’s secretary
27,860. He [Joseph Goebbels] wanted to arouse hatred. I think he believed in hatred. (Nazis: Goebbels & Hatred) Stephane Roussel, Berlin reporter
79,177. If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. (Lies & Nazi: Goebbels) Joseph Goebbels, misattribution
82,654. It is rotten and dismal that a world of so many hundred million people should be ruled by a single caste that has the power to lead millions to life or to death, indeed on a whim ... This caste has spun its web over the entire earth; capitalism recognizes no national boundaries ... Capitalism has learned nothing from recent events and wants to learn nothing, because it places its own interests ahead of those of the other millions. Can one blame those millions for standing up for their own interests, and only for those interests? Can one blame them for striving to forge an international community whose purpose is the struggle against corrupt capitalism? Can one condemn a large segment of the educated Sturmer youth for protesting against the greatest ability? Is it not an abomination that people with the most brilliant intellectual gifts should sink into poverty and disintegrate, while others dissipate, squander, and waste the money that could help them? ... You say the old propertied class also worked hard for what it has. Granted, that may be true in many cases. But do you also know about the conditions under which workers were living during the period when capitalism ‘earned’ its fortune? (Nazis: Goebbels & Capitalism) Joseph Goebbels, letter to Anka Stalkerm 1920, cited Ralph Georg Reuth
27,861. We Germans may not know how to live, but we know how to die magnificently. Joseph Goebbels
82,655. To attract people, to win over people to that which I have realised as being true, that is called propaganda. In the beginning there is the understanding, this understanding uses propaganda as a tool to find those men, that shall turn understanding into politics. Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin, and when I speak in Bayreuth, I say different things from what I say in the Pharus Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths. Those are found in other circumstances, I find them when thinking at my desk, but not in the meeting hall. (Nazis: Goebbels & Propaganda) Joseph Goebbels, speech January 1928
27,862. This is the secret of propaganda: the saturation of a group of people – with propagandist ideas without their noticing it. Of course it has a goal, but the goal must be so clever and so brilliantly concealed that the people who it influences don’t notice anything. (Nazis: Goebbels & Propaganda) Joseph Goebbels
49,761. Namely, one has to govern well then good propaganda will follow. One goes with the other. Good government without propaganda can scarcely stand any better that good propaganda without a good regime. (Propaganda & Nazis: Goebbels) Joseph Goebbels
50,241. It may be a good thing to hold power based on guns. It is far better if you win the hearts of the nation and keep its affection. (Propaganda & Nazis: Goebbels) Joseph Goebbels
27,863. They should take care. One day we’ll run out of patience. Then we’ll shut those lying cheeky Jewish mouths. (Nazis: Goebbels & Jewry) Joseph Goebbels, variations
27,866. If the Jewish newspapers think they can intimidate us with their hidden threats, they’d better watch out. Our patience has its limits. One day, we’ll shut their dirty, lying Jewish mouths! (Nazi & Jewry) Joseph Goebbels
27,864. Goebbels: Do you want total war?
Mob: Yes! (Nazis: Goebbels & War)
27,865. Now rise, people! Storm, break out! Joseph Goebbels
28,242. We have German theatre, German films, a German press, a German literature, German art, and German broadcasting. The objection that was often raised against us in the past – it is not feasible to remove Jews from the arts and from cultural life because there were too many of them and that we’d be unable to fill all the vacant positions – all this has been brilliantly proved wrong. (Germany & Nazis: Goebbels & Jew) Joseph Goebbels
58,358. It would have been unwise to tell the Jews what we had planned for them before we assumed power. (Jew & Nazis: Goebbels) Joseph Goebbels
82,656. The Führer once again expressed his determination to clean up the Jews in Europe pitilessly. There must be no squeamish sentimentalism about it. The Jews have deserved the catastrophe that has now overtaken them. Their destruction will go hand in hand with the destruction of our enemies. We must hasten this process with cold ruthlessness. (Nazis: Goebbels & Concentration Camp) Joseph Goebbels, February 1942
58,359. Judaism is a manifestation of a disease which is catching. Germany at least does not intend to bow to his Jewish threat. (Jew & Nazis: Goebbels) Joseph Goebbels
82,653. 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 must become the signal for the whole nation to rise up in battle. (Nazis: Goebbels & Fight) Joseph Goebbels