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By defining the enemy in harsh terms, the government was able to sway public opinion and generate the necessary political support for the war.
The German Nazis were also portrayed as a monstrous villain that harbored a goal of eradicating Christianity. To appeal to the religious movement in America, in 1943 the OWI published a poster that depicted the German Nazis mutilating a Christian bible, even though it has never been confirmed that the Nazis ever ordered the destruction of bibles as a government policy (Fighting the Fires of Hate). Since the public only knew of the German people through newsreels and newspapers, it was necessary to construct a framework of hatred. Without a tangible image of evil, the enemy would become abstract and may have garnered less attention than was necessary for a sustained war effort. The white Anglo-Germans could not be defined by race, but could be labeled as atheists and murderers.