According to a study by the University of California, Nazi propaganda and indoctrination, which focused on promoting racial hatred, was “very effective”. The study involved 5,300 Germans who were born in the 1920s and were interviewed between 1996 to 2006.
The effectiveness of the Nazi propaganda lay also in the fact that from 1933 to 1945, young Germans were exposed to Nazi ideology in schools, in the compulsory (extracurricular activity) Hitler Youth, and through radio, print and film media.
“Our findings also imply that once people have changed their views, they don’t really go back. Even when they’re 75 and they’ve spent 40 years in a perfectly pleasant democratic place, they’re still strongly influenced by all the hatred that’s been spread in school,” said Joachim Voth, co-author, University of Zurich.