Joseph Goebbels

Nazi Politician and Propaganda Minister

Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous oratory and anti-Semitism. He had a hand in the Kristallnacht attack on the German Jews, which many historians consider to be the beginning of the Final Solution, leading to the Holocaust. Goebbels earned a Ph.D.… Read More

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1897 Birth Paul Joseph Goebbels was born on 29 October 1897 in Rheydt, an industrial town south of Mönchengladbach near Düsseldorf. … Read More


1917 19 Years Old Goebbels was educated at a Christian Gymnasium, where he completed his Abitur (university entrance examination) in 1917. … Read More


1920 - 1922 4 More Events
He continued for several years to try to become a published author. His diaries, which he began in 1923 and continued for the rest of his life, provided an outlet for his desire to write. … Read More
Goebbels first took an interest in Adolf Hitler and Nazism in 1924.
1926 28 Years Old 1 More Event
At Hitler's invitation, Goebbels spoke at party meetings in Munich and at the annual Party Congress, held in Weimar in 1926. … Read More


The rapid deterioration of the economy led to the resignation on 27 March 1930 of the coalition government that had been elected in 1928. … Read More
1931 - 1932 2 More Events
1933 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Goebbels hoped to increase popular support of the party from the 37 per cent achieved at the last free election held in Germany on 25 March 1933 to 100 per cent support. … Read More
At the end of June 1934, top officials of the SA and opponents of the regime, including Gregor Strasser, were arrested and killed in a purge later called the Night of Long Knives. … Read More
1935 37 Years Old At the 1935 Nazi party congress rally at Nuremberg, Goebbels declared that "Bolshevism is the declaration of war by Jewish-led international subhumans against culture itself."
1936 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Goebbels was involved in planning the staging of the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin.
1937 39 Years Old 1 More Event
A major project in 1937 was the Degenerate Art Exhibition, organised by Goebbels, which ran in Munich from July to November. … Read More


Goebbels had five siblings: Konrad (1893–1947), Hans (1895–1949), Maria (1896–1896), Elisabeth (1901–1915), and Maria (1910–1949), who married the German filmmaker Max W. Kimmich in 1938. … Read More
1939 - 1942 4 More Events
On 15 January 1943, Hitler appointed Goebbels as head of the newly created Air Raid Damage committee, which meant Goebbels was nominally in charge of nationwide civil air defenses and shelters as well as the assessment and repair of damaged buildings. … Read More
1944 46 Years Old While Goebbels' propaganda in this period indicated that a huge retaliation was in the offing, the V-1 flying bombs, launched on British targets beginning in mid-June 1944, had little effect, with only around 20 per cent reaching their intended targets. … Read More
In the last months of the war, Goebbels' speeches and articles took on an increasingly apocalyptic tone. By the beginning of 1945, with the Soviets on the Oder River and the Western Allies preparing to cross the Rhine, he could no longer disguise the fact that defeat was inevitable. … Read More
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