Joseph Goebbels – “There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph.”

Sometimes this fraudulent quote — “The bigger the lie the more people will believe it” — is attributed to the Third Reich’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. The fact of the matter is that neither Goebbels nor Hitler made that statement. Goebbels, in fact, said the opposite, stressing that the best propaganda is that which does no more than serve the truth:

“Good propaganda does not need to lie, indeed it may not lie. It has no reason to fear the truth. It is a mistake to believe that people cannot take the truth. They can. It is only a matter of presenting the truth to people in a way that they will be able to understand. A propaganda that lies proves that it has a bad cause. It cannot be successful in the long run.”(Goebbels at Nuremberg Rally, 1934

Just before his death in 1945, the virtuous truth-teller Joseph Goebbels said:

“There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph.” (Heiber, Helmut. Goebbels. New York: Hawthorn, 1972. Print. p. 350.

Moreover, the handbook outlining National Socialist propaganda methods unequivocally states that the foundation and supreme principal of National Socialist propaganda is the truth:

“…we are not propagandizing lies and untruths as England did during the War, but rather we are preaching freedom and prosperity, socialism and patriotism to our confused people. Our struggle and our propaganda have one supreme principle: to take truth and only truth as the foundation of our propaganda.” (Handbook of the NS Propagandist, Munich: Reichs-Parteileitung der N.S.D.A.P., 1927, p.5

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