Dr. Goebbels: His Life and Death

Dr. Goebbels: His Life and Death

Dr. Goebbels: His Life and Death

Dr. Goebbels: His Life and Death

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Joseph Goebbels has many claims to be considered the most interesting member of the Nazi party apart from Hitler himself. But his place in the earlier history of the Nazi movement is frequently obscured by legends that he was himself responsible for either inventing or fostering, mainly for the purpose of making it appear that he joined the movement much earlier than in fact he did.

Neither Heinrich Fraenkel nor I fully realized the extraordinary character we should discover when we began the research that lies behind this story of Goebbels' personal character and his unique career as a professional agitator and propagandist. The self-portrait that Goebbels was in a very favorable position to create once he came to power has very largely come to be accepted by those who have written about him either in the form of individual studies or in studies of the Nazi movement as a whole.

Long before we planned to write this book together, Heinrich Fraenkel had already collected sufficient facts, stories and unpublished testimonies to make him realize that Goebbels' life and character would repay much more detailed investigation. He himself escaped from Germany just in time to avoid being arrested . . .

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