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Joseph Goebbels' Diary return to index

Young Nazi, 1924-28

Quotes After studying literature and history at Heidelberg University, Joseph Goebbels started his career as a writer. He wrote a novel and several plays, and worked as a journalist in Berlin.

In 1922 he heard Adolf Hitler speak, and later joined Hitler's National Socialist German Workers' Party, also called the Nazi Party, a right-wing group organized after Germany's defeat in World War I. Hitler's new disciple was not only handy with a pen; he also had a gift for speaking persuasively. Goebbels attracted converts to the Nazi Party and quickly rose through its ranks.

July 4, 1924
Joseph Goebbels "We need a firm hand in Germany. Let's put an end to all the experiments and empty words, and start getting down to serious work. Throw out the Jews, who refuse to become real Germans. Give them a good beating too. Germany is yearning for an individual, a man -- as the earth yearns for rain in the summer."

July 17, 1924
"I'm so despondent about everything. Everything I try goes totally wrong. There's no escape from this hole here. I feel drained. So far, I still haven't found a real purpose in life. Sometimes, I'm afraid to get out of bed in the morning. There's nothing to get up for."

April 13, 1926
"... I learned that Hitler had phoned. He wanted to welcome us, and in fifteen minutes he was there. Tall, healthy and vigorous. I like him. He puts us to shame with his kindness.

We met. We asked questions. He gave brilliant replies. I love him... I can accept this firebrand as my leader. I bow to his superiority, I acknowledge his political genius!"

June 16, 1926
"Hitler is still the same dear comrade. You can't help liking him as a person. And he has a stupendous mind. As a speaker he has constructed a wonderful harmony of gesture, facial expression and spoken word. The born motivator! With him, we can conquer the world. Give him his head, and he will shake the corrupt Republic to its foundations."

October 26, 1928
"I have no friends and no wife. I seem to be going through a major spiritual crisis. I still have the same old problems with my foot, which gives me incessant pain and discomfort. And then there are the rumours, to the effect that I am homosexual. Agitators are trying to break up our movement, and I'm constantly tied up in minor squabbles. It's enough to make you weep!"

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