Having been raised in England and much of England having been razed to the ground by what happened during WWII, I always tend to get a-little pissy when people cherry-pick information to explain away a personally held set of beliefs or an idealism while completely - and obviously, ignoring the most of history to explain away Pure Insanity..
Having said that, I think that Joe made some real good points.. Government will always lie to the people to herd them to do what it wants.. It's kinda what they do.. And they will always use fear or smear, but usually, both to do it...
If you want to draw parallels, you only have to look at our latest endeavors in the middle east to see how a propaganda machine works.. In the History of man, those who lead have always engaged in these practices.. Rile up the populace, make associations that are simply not there, define an enemy, dehumanize that enemy and unleash the hounds, with then, the majority of support from it's outraged population.
The reverse is also true.. A government will ignore associations to prevent an action it deems inappropriate.. Playing down information is the same as playing up information (in my book).. It's all propaganda..
So, I don't doubt for one second that the same happened in the run-up and during WWI and WWII, or any war for that matter, to specifically gather support for action - as-well-as keeping that base of support strong for continued actions, across the board, in the broad public arena.
Having said that.. I lost family in WWII and grew up listening to those who survived tell the tales of what they witnessed over there.. It was an utter Horror Show.. One horror stacked ontop of another.. And only a fool would think that the talking points of the horror of that war are unfounded..
But, Propaganda?? ...During the Nuremberg trials one of Hitler's henchmen was asked how they managed to direct public opinion to support such madness.. He said it was easy.. You tell the people that they and their way of life is under attack, define those attacking them as the enemy, dehumanize those people and the public will pretty-much follow you in any course of action.
So what the Germans did to fuel biases, distrust and hatred across the multitudes was hardly groundbreaking in it's uniqueness.. As has been stated, that has happened throughout history and we see that here today in how any government - even individuals operate.. They dwell on a few small inconsistencies - make a federal case out of them - while completely ignoring all other information to a contrary, to fuel a view, or to prop-up an extreme ideal, or to drive an entire population in the direction, those who would, would want the population to go.
Not a big fan of propaganda.. Give me the facts, all of them; and I'll make up my own mind based on those facts.. I'm not 5 years old, you don't have to guide me to a conclusion, I'm perfectly capable of drawing my own, thank-you very-much
And as to dwelling on a few cherry-picked facts to fuel an opinion or an ideal to the blind contrary of all other available information.. That's ideal or opinion based on hysterical delusion in my book.. and I'm not a Huge fan of that either.
Have a Great Week Guys and Gals!