Joseph Goebbels
Paul Joseph Goebbels (ˈɡœbəls; 29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German
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 politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda
Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
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 in Nazi Germany
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 from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
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's closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous oratory
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 and anti-Semitism. He played a hand in the Kristallnacht
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 attack on the German Jews
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, which many historians consider to be the beginning of the Final Solution
Final Solution
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, leading to the Holocaust
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Goebbels earned a Ph.D.
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 from Heidelberg University in 1921, writing his doctoral thesis on 19th century romantic drama; he then went on to work as a journalist and later a bank clerk and caller on the stock exchange.

A mother who is not everything for her children: a friend, a teacher, a confidant, a source of joy and founded pride, inducement and soothing, reconciliator, judge and forgiver, that mother obviously chose the wrong job.

Eine Mutter, die ihren Kindern nicht alles: Freund, Lehrer, Vertraute, Quell der Freude und des gefestigten Stolzes, Ansporn, Dämpfer, Ankläger, Versöhner, Richter und Vergeber ist, die Mutter hat offenbar ihren Beruf verfehlt.

I'm looking for the teacher who is unaffected enough to be great, and great enough to be unaffected.

Ich suche den Lehrer, der einfach genug ist, um groß zu sein und groß genug, um einfach zu sein.

Everything is what you make of it, even yourself.

Alles ist das, was du daraus machst, auch du selbst.

Man only honors what he conquers or defends.

Man schätzt überhaupt nur das, was man erobert oder verteidigt.

When I sit near the ocean in the morning and write my verses and breathe the salty wind which is coming from the water, I rejoice in God and I am blissful, like I was as a child.

Wenn ich morgens am Meere sitze und Verse dichte und atme dabei den salzigen Wind, der vom Wasser herüberspringt, dann gehe ich auf in Gott und bin glücklich, wie ich es nur noch in der Kinderzeit war.