His name is regarded as a synonym of the scrupolous demagoge and manipulator of millions. Alois Prinz uses some partially unknown documents to emphatically portrait Joseph Goebbel’s life – a man who became the merciless “Deluder of the People”.
He was called the spiritual pioneer of National Socialism – Joseph Goebbels, or “little Hitler” based on his absolute loyalty to the “Führer”. As the propoganda minister in the Third Reich, he incited the population to persecute Jews and lead a war of aggression. When the Reich lay in ashes, he still fueled the belief in the final victory and in a “Wunderwaffe” (magic weapon). The “total war” that he inflamed with his speech at the Berlin Sportpalast in 1943 ended for him in Hitler’s bunker, where he permitted his wife Magda to poison herself and their six children, so that they would not have to live in a “world without Hitler”.
“Seeing Joseph Goebbels simply as a diabolical agitator who cast an evil spell on a whole country would be too easy. I am interested in why he was able to fascinate so many people, using the aid of modern media to make millions of people into faithful followers of National Socialism. For above all, it is about recognizing him in time again, in case he returns, for example in the form of (extreme right-wing) populism. ”
• “Alois Prinz is the talented biographer of Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka and Ulrike Meinhof ... Prinz is the best.« taz
• An impressing biography, full of facts and knowledge, also appropriate for younger readers
• Taking a closer look at the culprit from a historical perspective