State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

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A history of Nazi propaganda based on never-before-published posters, rare photographs, and historical artifacts from the USHMM?s groundbreaking exhibition.
?Propaganda,? Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924, ?is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.? State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda documents how, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Nazi Party used posters, newspapers, rallies, and the new technologies of radio and film to sway millions with its vision for a new ...

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Overview

A history of Nazi propaganda based on never-before-published posters, rare photographs, and historical artifacts from the USHMM’s groundbreaking exhibition.
“Propaganda,” Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924, “is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.” State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda documents how, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Nazi Party used posters, newspapers, rallies, and the new technologies of radio and film to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany—reinforced by fear-mongering images of state “enemies.” These images promoted indifference toward the suffering of neighbors, disguised the regime’s genocidal actions, and insidiously incited ordinary people to carry out or tolerate mass violence.The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is addressing this topic today because, in an age of instant electronic communication, disseminators of messages and images of intolerance and hate have new tools, while at the same time consumers seem less able to cope with the vast amounts of unmediated information bombarding them daily. It is hoped that a deeper understanding of the complexities of the past may help us respond more effectively to today’s propaganda campaigns and biased messages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896047143
  • Publisher: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Publication date: 2/2/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 393,143
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Bachrach is historian and curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Steven Luckert is current curator of the award-winning permanent exhibition The Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    State of Deception: The power of Nazi propaganda

    A must for any graphic designer!
    While no humane person could support the sinister intentions behind Nazi propaganda, one can't argue their use of design-some of the most powerful images of expression ever conceived. A shame it was used for such horrific motives.

    And, I am most proud to say that I conceived the title for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's book/exhibit-State of Deception: The power of Nazi propaganda

    I was invited by the Museum to be part of a brainstorm to title the exhibit. There were some 20+ museum personnel and their guests, also invited from all professional walks of life. To say I was excited about the potential would be an understatement. As a Creative Director myself, I spent many hours compiling arranging words, and just thinking about the meanings and subject of propaganda, nazi intentions, etc.

    State of Deception is provocative, thoughtful, and compelling. Distilling such a complex subject into just three words speaks to the power of the double entendre-here, the state of Nazi germany juxtaposed to a state (frame) of mind.

    John Caruso
    McLean, VA

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