World War II was one of the most important events in American History. Its uses of propaganda were used to persuade people into believing in the importance of certain issues. Propaganda was also used to help recruit soldiers into the war and to influence the public’s opinion.
Not all propaganda used during this time period was against the War as in the movie Triumph of the Will, directed by Leni Riefenstahl. This film was made in 1935, before World War II had even started. This was a film of the Nazi rally in Nuremburg, Germany.
The film opens up as if we are flying through the sky, which we come to later find out that this is in the view from the plane which Hitler is in. From seeing this, we can say that they, the crowd, worshiped Hitler, and compared him to a God or a Messiah, coming from the heavens. In the rally, everyone adored Hitler, hailing him with their hands up in the air. The crowd was happy to see him and he even received some flowers from a young girl. Even though we only watched the first couple of minutes of the film, it shows how people admired Hitler, that no one should be afraid of him and that everything will be alright and back to normal. The crowd at the rally wanted change for their country, and they knew Hitler would be able to give it to them.
On the opposite end of the pole, The United States developed seven propaganda films collectively called Why We Fight, directed by Frank Capra in 1942. These films were used to inform United States citizens of the reasons we entered into the war. This collection of films also helped win public support for the war through public participation.
At the beginning of the film, it starts off giving a very patriotic feel by playing the famous Stars and Stripes Forever in the beginning credits. The film listed reasons why we decided to enter into the war, showing many scenes from battles and mentioning the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Arizona. Listing these different...