German Propaganda Archive

Nazi and East German Propaganda
Guide Page


Propaganda 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 on the site, 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 much of the material on the German Propaganda Archive. It can be ordered in the United States through amazon. It is also available in a French translation. A Chinese edition appeared in July 2012 but was almost immediately banned by the Chinese government (but not in Hong Kong). It was “unbanned” for a few years, but the ban seems to be back in place according to a Chinese contact.

Nazi PropagandaExamples of the theory and practice of propaganda
 Pre-1933 MaterialEssays by Goebbels, posters and other material
 1933-1945 MaterialPropaganda of the Third Reich
Speeches by Hitler, Goebbels, Ley, Göring, and Streicher.
Attacks on the Jews from various sources.
Posterscaricatures, and photographs
The war from the Nazi perspective
A variety of Nazi propaganda
What Nazi propagandists were reading
Links to other sites relevant to Nazi propaganda
East German PropagandaMarxist propaganda: 1949-1989
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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