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When Is “Too Much” Too Much?

Thinking it was his job to lie to the German people about how the war was going, Goebbels also said: “In 1918, we gave up at the last minute. That will not happen in 1945. We all have to see to that. This is the foundation of our ultimate victory. It may sound improbable today, but it is nonetheless so: Final victory will be ours. It will come through tears and blood, but it will justify all the sacrifices we have made.”

Do citizens expect their government officials to be truthful? Why, or why not?

Should citizens expect their government officials to be untruthful? Why, or why not?

Do Goebbels' statements about the use of propaganda justify what amounted to deliberate lies? Why, or why not?

If government officials tell too many lies, what can citizens do if the next election is far off?

Are people able to “see through” propaganda messages today - or - are 21st-century individuals as gullible as people who believed Goebbels' propaganda during WWII?  

How can a person who reads or hears propaganda determine what is true and what is not true?  

Is it fair to conclude that Goebbels’ endless stream of inaccurate information, turned into government propaganda intended to deceive the German people, was “too much?” Explain your answer.

Can you think of a time in your life when “too much” was, in fact, “too much?” What were those circumstances, and what did you do about it?


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