Minister of Propaganda
Great World War and Hugenberg's Death
Defeat and Escape to France
Mere months after his ascension to the chancellorship, Göbbels was forced to evacuate. On April 7, 1951, the Kommfrei seized Berlin. Göbbels barely escaped under cover, his very noticeable limp almost giving him away multiple times. Over the next several weeks, Göbbels was smuggled across Germany, eventually settling in Strasbourg, France. He lived in relative obscurity until he and a group of others founded the Parti Populaire Nationaliste (PPN) in 1953. Göbbels was the head of the party, which rose into prominence during the 1960's and remains a formidable party today.
Göbbels's wife Gertrud remained in Germany, along with their children. She killed herself shortly after the Socialist Revolution, but all of their children survived, having resisted their mother's attempt to force them to swallow cyanide. Göbbels' children visited him in 1958, after the war's end. Göbbels had grown distant from his children, who he rarely saw later in life. He died in Strasbourg on November 27, 1966.