Hitler and the Aestheticization of Politics Essay

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Introduction One of the reasons behind the success of the Nazi Party in taking over Germany is on its extensive use of propaganda. Adolf Hitler, known for his penchant for populism, rendered the strong impact of images, films and other materials attributed to Nazism as essential for the political success of the Nazi Party and its agenda for Germany. As an authoritarian leader, Hitler saw the importance of extracting the patronage of the Germans not through forceful means, but through convincing and motivating measures that enticed their mental faculties. To make such a vision possible, Hitler commissioned the talents of filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl – one of the most brilliant at the time, to create a movie that promoted Nazism not …show more content…
The Nazi Party, according to Benjamin, became effective in terms of capturing the support of the Germans through various physical expositions of its prominence. Such includes lavish party conventions and colorful civilian and military parades shown in Triumph of the Will, with the promise – albeit not guaranteed, of delivering revolutionary changes to Germany. However, the explanation of Benjamin becomes vague from the foregoing point; after all, politics has always seemed aestheticized. Critics noted the cryptic nature of the assertion made by Benjamin by emphasizing that politics have since employed aestheticized manifestations, including mass demonstrations, celebratory gatherings and the like. In response, Siegfried Kracauer, a contemporary of Benjamin, clarified the meaning of “aestheticization of politics” under German fascism, saying that by using new media technology, the Nazi Party was able to create a hyperrealistic representation of its image to captivate the Germans towards its ideologies. It is from that point where one could clearly conceptualize the assertion made by Benjamin in light of the agenda of the Nazi Party to command the submission of Germans to its ideologies. Such has emphasized on the charismatic rhetoric of Hitler and his party stalwarts promising Germany of progressive reforms (Benjamin 217-252; Riefenstahl; Spielvogel 121-144,

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