Absurd Nazi Propaganda Photos With Their Original Captions

Published November 27, 2016
Updated February 6, 2019

Nazi propaganda photos like these helped bring an entire nation under Hitler's thumb in ways that are still relevant even today.

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Once upon a time, propaganda was not a dirty word. In actuality, the term has its origins in religion, specifically the missionary work of the Congregation for Propagation of the Faith.

The term would assume its pejorative associations in the 20th century, when the Nazis used propaganda as vehicle to publicly and effectively cast blame for all of their problems on Jews and communists.

This propaganda -- which sometimes assumed the form of colorful posters -- gave the public a spit-shined version of what would amount to genocide, and made the systematic expulsion and extermination of entire sects of society appear to be aspirational.

Of course, the man behind it all, Adolf Hitler, was a master of propaganda; he even devoted three chapters of Mein Kampf to it.

As history shows, this propaganda yielded its intended result: Many fell for its promises -- or at least became distracted in considering them -- as bureaucrats, military and elected officials acted out its fatal truth.

This, of course, is not something at which only the Nazis can be adept. As the above photos (coupled with original Nazi captions) make clear, we must always be most vigilant of those who tell us everything we want to hear.

The presentation of truth is not truth, and people in power will often say or do anything to remain there.

Next, have a look at communist propaganda posters that'll catapult you right back into the Cold War. Then, learn about the World War II myths that we all need to stop spreading.

Erin Kelly
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Kelly, Erin. "Absurd Nazi Propaganda Photos With Their Original Captions." AllThatsInteresting.com, November 27, 2016, https://allthatsinteresting.com/nazi-propaganda-photos. Accessed May 24, 2024.