Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Nicholas Johnson


As the world watched the rise of a new political power in Central Europe, the German youth perceived a new, exciting movement sweep through their backyard. The Third Reich gained control over Germany through the planning and organization of Hitler and his Nazis. Hitler sought to construct his pure society, accomplished through the orzanization of the sovernment and the National Socialist German Workers' Party b . b (NSDAP). While their nation made drastic shifts politically, the rich history of German art music and folk music played into the changes during the rise of the Nazi party. German culture was formed in part through a deep history of folk music within their society and Hitler was meticulous about the music he personally promoted within the Third Reich. It was this combination that resulted in the use of art music and folk music as propaganda for Nazi Germany.