5 Surprising Facts About Joseph Goebbels

Hitler’s chief propagandist

Paul Joseph Goebbels. By Bundesarchiv, Bild 146–1968–101–20A / Heinrich Hoffmann / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Wikimedia Commons. Image enlarged by the author.

Joseph Goebbels was born on October 29, 1897, in the small industrial town of Rheydt, near Düsseldorf. His father was a German factory worker. His mom was part-Dutch and worked as a housewife.

From the outside looking in, the young Goebbels seemed to have had a relatively normal childhood — in contrast with Adolf Hitler…

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