The book cover of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda by Museum curators Steven Luckert and Susan Bachrach. Kunstbibliothek Berlin/BPK, Berlin/Art Resource, New York More
This July 1932 election poster shows the German worker, enlightened through National Socialism, towering over his opponents. It reads “We Workers Have Awakened. We’re Voting National Socialist.” US Holocaust Memorial Museum More
Hermann Otto Hoyer, In the Beginning Was the Word, ca. 1937. German artist Hoyer depicted a quasi-messianic Hitler mesmerizing an audience with his oratory in the 1920s. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of US Army Center of Military History, Washington, DC More
Josef Berchtold, “Hitler over Germany,” 1932. Cover image from a Nazi Party political pamphlet that detailed Hitler’s 1932 election campaign for president. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Randall Bytwerk More
Hitler election poster, 1932. Modern techniques of propaganda—including strong images and simple messages—helped propel Austrian-born Adolf Hitler from being a little-known extremist to one of the leading candidates for Germany’s presidency in 1932. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Heinrich Hoffmann More
Mjölnir [Hans Schweitzer], artist, 1943. The Nazis sought to provoke hatred of Germany’s Jews by transforming the popular perception of them from ordinary neighbor into internal enemy guilty of warmongering and betraying Germany from within. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC . More
Bruno Hanisch, “Behind the Enemy Powers: the Jew,” ca. 1942. During World War II, Nazi propagandists frequently depicted “the Jew” as a conspirator plotting world domination by acting behind the scenes in nations at war with Germany. This caricature represents the “Jewish financier” manipulating the Allies, Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Helmut Eschwege More
The denazification program in Germany mandated the elimination of Nazi names from public squares, city streets, and other venues. US, Soviet, and British soldiers enthusiastically removed Nazi emblems and renamed public spaces. Krefeld, Germany, March 9, 1945. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD More
International Military Tribunal (IMT) defendant Julius Streicher, the editor of Der Stürmer, during the Nuremberg trial. In its conviction, the IMT ruled that Streicher knew of the mass killings of Europe’s Jews and that his articles in Der Stürmer calling for the “annihilation of the Jewish race” was a direct incitement to murder and thus constituted a “crime against humanity.” US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD More
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda is a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It examines how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany’s young democracy after World War I, implement radical programs under the party’s dictatorship in the 1930s, and justify war and mass murder.
This most extreme case study emphasizes why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges citizens to actively question, analyze, and seek the truth.
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