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Political rhetoric/propaganda during WWII. Lee Hai In (14) Kiona Loo (20) Siti Sarah (25) 3GY. DEFINITIONS . Political rhetoric is the art of using language as a means to persuade by the government to influence the people.

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political rhetoric propaganda during wwii

Political rhetoric/propaganda during WWII

Lee Hai In (14)

Kiona Loo (20)

Siti Sarah (25)


  • Political rhetoricis the art of using language as a means to persuade by the government to influence the people.
  • Propaganda refers to information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
Political leaders of WWII used their rhetoric to influence the public and gain their support during wartime.
  • The main political leaders of WWII were: Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill (Britain), Charles de Gaulle (France), Adolf Hitler (Germany), F D Roosevelt and Harry Truman (USA), Joseph Stalin (USSR), and Hideki Tojo(Japan).
use of propaganda during wwii
Use of propaganda during wwii
  • Throughout the war, people were constantly bombarded with propaganda to help keep morale high, and those on the front lines were bombarded with propaganda intended to beat morale down.
  • Posters, radio broadcasts, television broadcasts hoardings were some examples of propaganda.
  • One of the more widespread uses of propaganda was in leaflets that were dropped on soldiers from the air. These leaflets were intended to demoralize the soldier so that he would lay down his arms and surrender. The United States, Germany, and Japan all used these leaflets.
  • The poster shows two women chatting. The caption reads “Don’t forget walls have ears too.” Most importantly, the walls have patterns depicting the looks of Adolf Hitler.
  • The poster shows two women chatting. The caption reads “Don’t forget walls have ears too.” Most importantly, the walls have patterns depicting the looks of Adolf Hitler.
  • What does it mean?

The government is encouraging people to not mention any important details that may be beneficial to enemies like the Germans, as there may be spies in the country. This is influential to the people because it makes the British more aware that there may be people listening to their conversations. Also, this will help in reducing the inside information of Britain to Germany, as the people will not let go of any important information unaware of their surroundings.

examples of propaganda comparing between britain and germany
Examples of Propaganda (Comparing between Britain and Germany)

Germany: late 1943 or early 1944.

The caption reads: "The Jew: The inciter of war, the prolonger of war." Courtesy of Dr. Robert D. Brooks.

The poster depicts the Jews being the mastermind behind the war. Poster should be successful in arousing feelings of hatred towards the Jews because they are seen as the cause of misery.

  • The poster shows a drawing of Winston Churchill pointing and saying “Deserve Victory”.
  • What does it mean?

He is trying to influence the people that Britain deserves victory. Very influential, not only because Winston Churchill is a well known man, but also as Britain is facing a crisis, it led people into believing that a war would be necessary for the victory that Britain deserves.

compare and contrast
Compare and Contrast
  • Similarities-Both posters only have one main character as the main focus. This is to emphasize on the message behind the poster in a more personal level- as if the characters are visually talking to the audience

Both posters highlight the reason for war. For example, German poster states that “Jews are incitors of war” and the British poster states that “victory” is the reason for war.

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Compare and Contrast
  • DifferencesThe British poster depicts a more positive tone (“victory”) whereas the German poster has a darker side to it- blaming the Jews.
  • The British poster reflects Winston Churchill, someone who is liked and respected by the people. The German poster, on the other hand depicts the face of a Jew, who is hated by the people.
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Propaganda/Stewart Ross, Hove, East Sussex: Wayland Pub, 1993.

  • Good definitions for key words
  • Interesting posters that you have picked, but there is a need to examine more posters so as to elicit a trend in German and English propaganda.
  • Isolated comparison of 2 specific posters alone will not be as useful if we’re talking about propaganda in general. The German one looks at the Jew as the ‘other’/outsider, what about in the case of British propaganda? Is there a group of people who are seen as traitors or spies etc that must be excluded from society?
  • You might want to consider looking into Hitler’s or Churchill’s speeches to examine political rhetoric. What is it that makes it so effective? Do they both use the same tactic to rouse the feelings of the people? Or are their approaches different?