Hitler and his Nazi Party were well aware of the power of propaganda and the ways that skillful manipulation of information could be used to control an entire population. And the Nazis were not prepared to countenance dissent of any kind. So as one young German, Helmuth Hübener, discovered, the price of resistance was high indeed.
Hitler’s ruthless sidekick Joseph Goebbels was appointed Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in 1933. In a Life article about Goebbels, a reporter captured the measure of the man when he wrote that “personally he likes nobody, is liked by nobody and runs the most efficient Nazi department.”