Propaganda is information provided to the public that attempts to sway opinions and emotions in favor of a particular position or point of view. It is often biased or even false, and can be presented through art, media, writing, or speeches. In World War II, both the Allied and the Axis powers used propaganda to heighten the emotions and gain the support of their citizens. The Boniuk Library houses information regarding Nazi and American propaganda.


Goebbels, Joseph, — 1897-1945

Mass media and the war

National socialism and art

National socialism and motion pictures

Nazi propaganda



All resources are provided in MLA format.

Bytwerk, Randall L. Bending Spines: The Propagandas of Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2004.

Call Number: JN3971 .A69 P8524 2004

This book examines the full range of persuasive techniques used by Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic in their propaganda.

Bytwerk, Randall L. Landmark Speeches of National Socialism. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

Call Number DD253 .L298 2008

This book provides English translations of thirteen key nationalist speeches from Nazi leadership.

Giesen, Rolf. Nazi Propaganda Films: A History and Filmography. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co., 2003.

Call Number PN 1995.9 .N36 G54 2003

This book explores how the Nazis used cinematic propoganda to convince German citizens that the Nazi ideology was the only ideology.

Herf, Jeffrey. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.

Call Number D810 .P7 G337 2006

This book explores how anti-Semitism pervaded and shaped Nazi propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust.

Jewish Virtual Library. The Nazi Party: The Nazi Olympics (August 1936). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Provide Accessed Date.)

This webpage provides information from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum regarding Nazi propaganda during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Krüger, Arnd. The Nazi Olympics: Sport, Politics and Appeasement in the 1930s. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Call Number REF GV722 1936 .N39 2003

This book describes Germany’s preparations for the 1936, Summer Olympic Games in Berlin and the attempts by the Nazi regime to allay the international concerns about Hitler’s racist ideals and expansionist ambitions.

Longerich, Peter. Goebbels: A Biography. UK: Random House, 2015.

Call Number DD247 .G6 L6513 2014

This book documents Goebbels’s ascent through the ranks of the Nazi Party, where he became a member of the Führer’s inner circle and launched a brutal campaign of anti-Semitic propaganda.

Moore, Albert L. Postal Propaganda of the Third Reich. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2003.

Call Number HE6185 .G3 M66 2003

This book offers readers an overview of the messages and illustrations of the stamps, postcards, and even postmarks that filled the mailboxes of Hitler’s subjects and victims.

Narayanaswami, Karthik. “Analysis of Nazi Propaganda: A Behavioral Study.” Harvard University. (Provide Accessed Date.)

In this research paper, Harvard University student Karthik Narayanaswami analyzes the fundamental tenets of Nazi propaganda, and the role that they played in the genocide of Jews, Romani peoples, homosexuals, and other undesirables, and in helping transform Germany into an aggressor nation.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Propaganda: Explore the Nazis’ sophisticated propaganda campaigns and their legacy. Online exhibit. (Provide Accessed Date.)

This online exhibit by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explores the Nazis’ sophisticated propaganda campaigns and their legacy.