The Missing Link, American Progressivism’s Influence on Nazi Propaganda

For those doubting the veracity of the linkage between American Progressivism and Nazi Propaganda, one need look no further than Woodrow Wilson and his “Committee on Public Information” or CPI.

“Karl von Weigand, foreign correspondent of the Hearst newspapers, an old hand at interpreting Europe and just returned from Germany, was telling us about Goebbels and his propaganda plans to consolidate Nazi power. Goebbels had shown Weigand his propaganda library, the finest Weigand had ever seen. Goebbels, said Weigand, was using my book Crystallizing Public Opinion as a basis for his destructive campaign against the Jews of Germany. This shocked me…” — Bernays, recalling a dinner at his home in 1933.

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3 Responses to “The Missing Link, American Progressivism’s Influence on Nazi Propaganda”

  1. the new sense Says:

    Not sure what your point is. Republicans have always dismissed the Bush family’s business dealings with Nazi Germany.
    This compares, how?

  2. schex Says:

    My point is that there is a definite link between the Progressive movement in America (i.e. Woodrow Wilson) and Nazi propaganda techniques in terms of one influencing the other.

    What’s ironic is that it was a Jew, Edward Bernays, who inadvertently aided Goebbels in setting the stage for the Holocaust. More than shocking, if you ask me…

    Btw, my point was not about the Bush family or Republicans in general. Not sure why you brought them up. Were they also members of the Wilson administration’s Committee on Public Information?

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/beck-progressive-nazi

  3. Jimmy Mitchell Says:

    Gents, can either of you point me in the direction for some good primary source material on the following: The American Film and Advertising Industries Influence on Nazi Propaganda…Thanks in advance!!

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