The Second World War is a broad and intense field of study. Below are just a few of the resources that helped inform this issue of The PLEA.
Randall Bytwerk’s examination of German propaganda offers insights into Germany’s message control before and after the Second World War.
Find it at your public library.
Randall Bytwerk maintains the largest English-translated archive of German propaganda on the internet. It is well-worth checking out.
Historian Ian Kershaw offers a thoughtful explanation on Hitler’s popularity for Spiegel Online.
Patrick Merziger offers one of the broadest English-language analyses available of humour in Nazi Germany.
Find it in International Review of Social History, 52, pages 275-290.
Thorston Pollfuss’s 2005 documentary reveals many key passages in the diary of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi master of propaganda.
With the copyright recently expired on Hitler’s autobiography and manifesto Mein Kampf, Sean Prpick explores issues surrounding the book for CBC Radio One’s Ideas.
Mark Samels’ 2010 documentary explores how war planners chose to bomb civilian populations in World War II.
Michael Getler, ombudsman of PBS, offers insights into the controversial nature of interpreting history in the context of The Bombing of Germany.
Germany was not the only nation influencing citizens through propaganda. This National Film Board of Canada’s feature documentary explores NFB films intended to shape Canadian society during World War II.