Who is Joseph Paul Goebbels?

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Joseph Goebbels was the chief of propaganda for the Nazi regime that ruled Germany from 1933 until the end of World War II.  His official title was “Reich Minister of Propaganda.”  Goebbels was one of the main promoters of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany.

Goebbels had been a member of the Nazi Party from fairly early in its history.  He joined the party in 1924, when he was 27.   He was originally attracted to the party more for its socialism than for its nationalism.  However, as Hitler took over the party and made it much less socialist and much more nationalist and fascist, Goebbels changed his views and remained as a loyal Nazi.

Goebbels was the man most responsible for anti-Jewish propaganda. He tried to help promote various anti-Jewish measures.  He remained one of the most important Nazis throughout the war and killed himself and his family at about the same time and in the same place that Hitler committed suicide.

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