Fascism’s Exploitation of Humor To Win Minds

Laughter accompanied the rise of Germany’s infamous totalitarian dictatorship

Foreground: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels visit the UFA’s Neubabelsberg facilities (1935). Edited by the author. From Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE). Background: An exhibition about the work of the Nazi Propaganda Department in Belgium (December 1941 / January 1942). Edited by the author. From Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE).

CComedy is often seen as a subversive art form that can punch up at oppressive authority figures. Eliciting a chuckle could be utilized by figures of power too, though. The Nationalist Socialists of Germany, through the creation or fostering of an expansive…

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C.S. Voll

C.S. Voll

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A scholar and writer wearing many ill-fitting hats, trying to do the best he can with what he has.