Joseph Göbbels
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Portrait of Joseph Göbbels

2nd Kanzler (Chancellor) of Nationalist Germany
March 12, 1951 - April 7, 1951

Predecessor Alfred Hugenberg
Successor Office abolished

4th Chairman of the DNVP
March 12, 1951 - April 7, 1951

Predecessor Alfred Hugenberg
Successor Office abolished

1st Minister of Propaganda for Nationalist Germany
March 16, 1936 - March 12, 1951

Born October 29, 1897
Rheydt, Prussia, Germany
Died November 27, 1966
Strasbourg, France
Spouse Gertrud Adickes
Political Party Deutschnationale Volkspartei (DNVP), Parti Populaire Nationaliste (PPN)

Early Life

Political activist



Minister of Propaganda

Great World War and Hugenberg's Death

Later Life

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.

Personal Life