90 Miles From Tyranny : To ensure the loyalty of the German Volk, the Nazis instituted a health benefits and a pension program...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

To ensure the loyalty of the German Volk, the Nazis instituted a health benefits and a pension program...

Hitler appointed a brilliant strategist, Joseph Goebbels to the unheard of position of Minister of Propaganda. "At the first Cabinet meeting, he (Goebbels) gave us a lecture on the art and science of propaganda, of which the gist was this: 'During the many years of party struggle, I have learnt how to influence the masses so that they will follow us without question. Whatever decisions we took during those years, we prepared the ground by the incessant repetition of suitable slogans, until the party members believed every word of them. " (von Papen 1953 289) In much the same means, Goebbels used propaganda daily, and incessantly to, as he explained it, "convince the entire German nation of the necessity for the Government's economic and political measures." (von Papen 1953 290) 

To ensure the loyalty of the German Volk, the Nazis instituted a health benefits and a pension program. "All Germans were to be registered with a doctor, and for this to be possible medical practices would have to be organized and allotted by the state. The aim was to ensure that there were enough doctors in rural areas..." (Kitchen 111) 


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