Nazi Propaganda

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Nazistisk propaganda:
Der ønskes en kort redegørelse for Adolf Hitlers antisemitiske synspunkter. På baggrund af dette ønskes der en analyse af nogle konkrete eksempler på hvordan Hitler anvendte propagandaplakater til at underminere jøderne i perioden 1933-1945. Til sidst ønskes en vurdering af hvilken betydning propagandaen havde for tyskernes opfattelse af jøder.

Antisemitisme har en lang historie bag sig. Efter som ordet først blev anvendt og skabt af den tyske agitator Wilhelm Marr i 1879, kigger man i en historiske optik efter antijødiske fænomener, der kan forklare og belyse antisemitiske synspunkter på tværs af landegrænser, folkeslag, kulture og religioner, op igennem historien. I antikkens verden var der i ”Esters bog GT” beskrevet en udryddelsesaktion mod jøderne i Persien 400 f.Kr, men bliver benægtet dens eksitens af den jødiske historiker Josefus. Primært var antisemitismen mest udbredt i regioner, som senere skulle blive en del af Romerriget. En alvorlig konflikt vedrørende antisemitisme så dagens lys da Antiochos 4(hellenistisk hersker ca. 225 f.Kr. - 164 f.K) proklamerede et forbud om dyrkelse af jødedommen. En tendens dukker delvist op i romersk litteratur i egyptiske-alexandrinske tekster, hvorpå jøderne fordømmes, som en race der stammer fra spedalske og på deres menneskehad. I antikkens Grækenland var en overvejende positiv indstilling aktuel, med hensyn til folket jøderne, da det fremgår i forskellige værker ca. 400 f.Kr. at jøder var af filosoffisk afstamning.

I Middelalderen var antisemitiske holdninger og synspunkter forbundet med religiøse overbevisninger, særligt i kristendommen. Under bl.a. det første korstog(år 1096.) florede kristelig antisemitisk propaganda i bedste velgående og var medvirkende til at korsfarebander angreb jøder i franks-tyske byer. Grundlæggende for de mange anklager, som kirken…...

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