Propaganda is information which is usually biased to reflect one side of an argument. It is used to persuade others to adopt the same beliefs.
During World War II, one type of propaganda was utilized to convince children to join Hitler’s Youth in order to help eradicate the Jews and other groups the Nazis deemed undesirable.
Read the attached article.
Analyze this article making sure that you address the following points in a well-constructed ESSAY:
1. Why do you think this propaganda was aimed at children and teenagers?
2. What emotions were the authors attempting to evoke? Why?
3. Identify at least two argumentative fallacies used by the authors of this article. Provide an example from the text for each fallacy.
4. How did the Nazis justify the killing of millions of innocent people with the words written in this article? Provide at least two examples from the text.
5. Do you think children today would accept ideas like those in the pamphlet? Explain.
6. Choose one statement from the passage that most affected you. Analyze the language used and explain why the author chose those words to persuade readers (and why those words affected you).
7. The Nazis did not have the advantage of utilizing the Internet when this type of propaganda was being distributed to children in the 1930s and 1940s. How do you think their “cause” would have fared with such technology and with the abundance of social media choices available today? Explain.
8. How is this article connected to the story of “Luna”? Be specific.
9. How is this article connected to current world events?
10. This article is nearly 100 years old. It is readily available on the Internet. Is it important for twenty-first century citizens to know about and read such articles? Explain your answer.
“The Book Thief” – Young Nazi Choir scene:
“The Making of the Nazi” – Disney WWII Propaganda Film
“Hitler’s Speech to German Youth”