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date: 27 May 2020

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During World War II, Germany translated its anti-Semitic ideology into an ongoing narrative of events in Nazi propaganda as part of the regime’s implementation of the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler and his Nazi propagandists exploited the instruments of dictatorship and curtailed press freedom to spread lies about the origins of the war and the supposed role of the Jews in it. They suppressed the truth about the genocide of Jews and accomplished it by turning to murderous narrative in the form of speeches and essays, published in major newspapers in Germany and abroad and broadcast on national radio. To justify their radical anti-Semitism, and the conspiracy theories it spawned, Hitler and his associates fabricated a story claiming that a powerful international Jewish conspiracy was planning to annihilate the German people. In this blatant lie, mendacity was inseparable with a narrative of conspiracy.

Keywords: World War II, Germany, anti-Semitism, Nazi propaganda, Adolf Hitler, Jews, narrative, mendacity, Holocaust, conspiracy

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