Joining the Nazi Party in 1924 (although he later claimed to have joined in 1922), Goebbels was initially closely aligned with the left faction around the Strasser brothers.
At the age of seven he contracted osteomyelitis - an infection of the bone marrow - and an operation, in the days before antibiotics, was only partially successful.
He was left with a left leg which was shorter and weaker than the right, which caused him to be rejected when he volunteered for military service at the beginning of World War I (he wore a metal brace on his leg for most of his life).
Although he has been frequently described as having a club foot, this was not the case. in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg in 1921 he worked as a journalist and tried for several years to become a published author.
As a student he often represented himself as a wounded veteran, but in fact the nearest that he came to wartime service was from June 1917 to October 1917; he was an "Office Soldier" with the "Patriotic Help Unit" in Rheydt. His work included an autobiographical novel called Michael which no publisher would take at the time, and two plays written in verse - The Wanderer, about Jesus Christ, and The Lonesome Guest - which no producer would stage.
In the 19 books the names Else, Alma and Anke are the most common to appear. She left Goebbels, got married and divorced, and in 1934 he got her a job on one of the magazines he controlled. A love affair with the actress Lída Baarová nearly took his life when he attempted suicide on October 15, 1938.
Goebbels survived, and the affair was terminated at the behest of Adolf Hitler.Goebbels played a large role in helping the Nazis achieve and retain power by creating propaganda to present the Nazi ideology to the German people. Paul Joseph Goebbels (October 29, 1897 – May 1, 1945) was Adolf Hitler's Propaganda Minister (see Propagandaministerium) in Nazi Germany.Goebbels was known for his zealous and energetic oratory and virulent anti-Semitism.Following Hitler's death, he served as Chancellor for one day. (1867–1929) and his wife Katharina Odenhausen in Rheydt (now a part of Mönchengladbach), a Protestant area in the Rhineland, although his family was Roman Catholic.He had four siblings: Konrad (1895–1949), Hans (1893–1947), Elisabeth (1901–1915) and the youngest child Maria Katharina (b. His legal surname according to his birth certificate was Göbbels, but he seems always to have used the spelling Goebbels, as is not uncommon in Germany.