Reichs Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
|Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda|
Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels
|Formed||March 13, 1933|
|Dissolved||May 1, 1945|
8/9 Wilhelmplatz, Berlin-Mitte
|Annual budget||187 million ℛℳ (1941)|
|Agency executive||Joseph Goebbels, Werner Naumann (1945), Reich Minister|
The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (German: Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, RMVP or Propagandaministerium) was a Nazi government agency to enforce Nazism ideology.
Founded on 14 March 1933, a few months after the Machtergreifung by Adolf Hitler's government, it was headed by Reich Minister Joseph Goebbels. It was responsible for controlling the German news media, literature, visual arts, filmmaking, theatre, music, and broadcasting. As the central office of Nazi propaganda, it comprehensively supervised and regulated the culture and mass media of Nazi Germany.
The ministry was organized into seven departments.
- Division I: Administration and legal
- Division II: Mass rallies; public health; youth; race
- Division III: Radio
- Division IV: National and foreign press
- Division V: Films and film censorship
- Division VI: Art, music, and theater
- Division VII: Protection against counter-propaganda, both foreign and domestic
- Manvell, Roger; Fraenkel, Heinrich (2010) . Doctor Goebbels : his Life and Death. New York: Skyhorse. ISBN 978-1-61608-029-7.
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