Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Faculty and Staff: Randall Bytwerk

Randall Bytwerk, professor of communication arts and sciences,

Randall Bytwerkbytw@calvin.edu
DeVos Communication Center 250A

Weekly Schedule
(Knightvision login required)

Educational background

  • BA – Calvin College, 1971
  • MA – Northwestern University, 1973
  • PhD – Northwestern University, 1975

Research interests

Nazi and East German propaganda. My current project is an analysis of how the Nazis used Franklin D. Roosevelt’s rhetoric for their own purposes.

Unusual interests

Professor Bytwerk sponsors the Moses Award, given to the perpetrators of particularly good practical jokes.

He's been backpacking in California's Sierra Nevada every summer for nearly 40 years.

Selected recent publications

“Believing in ‘Inner Truth:’ The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Nazi Propaganda: 1933 – 1945,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies (in press).

“Grassroots Propaganda in the Third Reich: The Reich Ring for National Socialist Propaganda and Public Enlightenment,” German Studies Review 33 (2010), 93-118.

Landmark Speeches of National Socialism (College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 2008).

"The Argument for Genocide in Nazi Propaganda,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 91 (2005), 37-62.

Bending Spines: The Propagandas of Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2004). French translation: Machines à broyer les âmes: Allemagne totalitaire 1933-1989 (Paris: Klincksieck, 2011).

Julius Streicher: The Man Who Persuaded a Nation to Hate Jews (New York: Stein and Day, 1983). Reprinted by Dorset Press, New York, 1988. Revised edition published by Cooper Square Press, 2001.

Additional information

German Propaganda Archive - A major collection of translations of propaganda material from the Nazi and East German eras. It includes over 400 translations.

Curriculum vitae

Download Randall Bytwerk's professional curriculum vitae.