The Latymer School History Magazine - page 27

In Nazi Germany, music was
one of the regime’s most
powerful weapons. 'Music
affects the heart and
emotions more than the
intellect', said Joseph
Goebbels, Minister of
Propaganda. From January
1933, music was subject to
‘Nazification’ as ‘decadent’
genres and musicians were
weeded out, and eventually
acted as an artistic form
through which Hitler and his
Nazi Party were able to
propagate their anti-Semitic
views.
Hitler himself was personally
influenced by music. As the
historian DeLora
Neuschawer argues in her
paper Music in the Third
Reich, music had a direct
impact on Hitler’s character
and beliefs and therefore
influenced his policies
during his years in power. In
Hitler’s Germany only music
that promoted the
nationalistic views of the
Third Reich was acceptable.
During his rise to power
MUSIC: A POWERFUL WEAPON
OF THE THIRD REICH
By Tilly Stables
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