Paul Joseph Goebbels born on October 29, 1897 was the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. He served from 1933 to 1945. He was one of Hitler's closest allies and devout followers and was known for his stirring orations and anti-Semitism. He strongly supported the annihilation of Jews and the Final Solution.
Goebbels received a PhD from Heidelberg University in 1921 and wrote his proposal on 19th century romantic literature. He worked as a journalist, a bank clerk and a caller on the stock exchange. He came into contact with Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1923 during the French occupation of the Ruhr. He was appoint as a regional party lead of Berlin and put his skills to work seeking to gain working class supporters. By 1928 Goebbels was a prominent member of the Nazi Party.
Goebbels first act as Propaganda Minister was to burn books. He exerted total control over the arts, media and information being sent around Germany. He prepared the German people for warfare. He started the prohibition of Jewish businessmen, lawyers and doctors in 1933 and in 1938 sanctioned an unrestrained program of burning synagogues, assaulting and murdering Jews. He commissioned anti-Semitic films The Eternal Jew and Jud Sub in 1940.
His power increased during WWII and by late 1943 when the war was turning against the Axis powers he intensified propaganda and urged Germans to accept total war and mobilization. He remained with Hitler in Berlin. Goebbels and his wife Magda murdered their six young children then committed suicide together.