Art and cultural productions were the means to the end for a racialized German state. Through the Chamber of Culture and the NS Cultural Association, the state produced and oversaw artistic pieces of all genres. Within the Chamber of Culture, headed by Joseph Goebbels, there were sub-chambers which oversaw specific genres. One of the main focus points of the Nazi regime was film, which it used to perpetuate and encourage development of culture as they saw fit. In many instances, this reflected racist views and glorified both the ideal Aryan body and German family. By controlling much of the funding for film, as well as other genres of expression, the Chamber of Culture could force artists to cater to their agenda and advocate their personal ideals through the selected medium. In addition to film, the Reich used literature, music, radio, newspapers, and creative art to express their propaganda in more subtle ways. In order to make these mediums more widespread and available for the masses, German made “people’s” radios were promoted and remnants of Weimar society, such as degenerate art, were destroyed. Books that did not align with Nazi ideals were also banned and destroyed, limiting even the availability of older art, let alone contemporary art.
However, even prior to this mass oversight and organized government programming, arts and culture had already normalized racial violence for many Germans. During World War I, posters mobilizing Germans against Africans in the French army stationed in the Ruhr acknowledged and encouraged negative relations between people of different colors. Caricatures of Jews with large noses, ostentatious clothing, and giant knives poised to stab the good German in the back created an association between the Jewish “race” and violent distrust. Jewish traitorous behavior directly led to the German ruin during WWI according to these images, and therefore Jews were held responsible for not only the poor, pathetic situation in Weimar but also the horrific deaths of soldiers
and destruction of German society. The Nazis’ organized propaganda and censorship only furthered these concepts and more fully established them in the psyche of Germans, limiting and disallowing any type of competing information or art that did not align with the party platform.