Josef Goebbels was a superb speaker and propagandist, better, in many ways, than Hitler himself. This carried him forward in the Party, despite his obvious physical shortcomings. Perhaps at no point did he demonstrate this better than in the infamous Total War Speech, delivered in Berlin Sport’s Palace in February 1943. If one wants true insight into the nature of National Socialism, then Goebbels makes a perfect study. It was pure nihilism, and nothing besides.