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COP3 - Secondary Research - The Power of Nazi Propaganda

State of Deception : The Power of Nazi Propaganda (Book)

This history of Nazi propaganda is based on never-before-published posters, rare photographs and historical artefacts from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's groundbreaking exhibition (January 2009 to January 2012). "State of Deception" documents how, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Nazi Party used posters, newspapers, rallies and new technologies of radio and film to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany - reinforced by fear-mongering images of state 'enemies'. In this age of instant communication, disseminators of messages and images of intolerance and hate have new tools, while consumers find it difficult to cope with the information bombarding them. The authors hope that a deeper understanding of the past may help people respond more effectively to today's propaganda campaigns and biased messages.



"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert." 

- Adolf Hitler 'mein kampf ' my struggle

"During the subsequent decades, Nazi leaders showed the world bold, new ways to use this tool, with a variety of sophisticated techniques."

Ultimetely, Nazi Germany drove the world into war, pursuing a vision that cost the lives of some fifty-five million people, including six million Jewish men, women and children."

"Propaganda played a crucial role in the implementation of Nazi policies."

Background info on Nazis. very basic.

What is Propaganda?? 

"Today, the word propaganda sounds ominous, conjuring up images of falsehood and dishonesty, manipulation and brainwashing and dictatorship and servility. It stands on the antithesis of objectivity, rationality and truthfulness. "

Great sum up of the word propaganda and what people think it means today. 

George orwell once gave an expression of these views:

"All Propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth."      1

"One of the leading scholars of Nazi Propaganda, Aristotle A. Kallis, recently characterised propaganda as a form of mass communication and persuasion developed in modern societies:  "A systematic process of information management geared to prompting a particular goal and to guaranteeing a popular response as desired by the propagandist."    3

"The term propaganda refers to the dissemination of information, wether truthful, partially truthful, or blatantly false, that aims to shape public opinion and behanvior. Propaganda simplifies complicated issues or ideology for mass consumption, is always biased, and is geared to achieving a particular end."

in depth analysis of propaganda and what it does. 

"The propagandist transmits only information geared to strengthen his or her case and consciously omits contrary infomation. Propaganda generally uses symbols, whether in written, musical, cinematic, or other visual forms, ain aims to channel complex human emotions toward a desired goal."

The propagandist 

Nazi Propaganda 

"Today, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Regime continue ro represent the evil power and perils of propaganda."

"Nazi propaganda was not only to inculcate hatred in masses of the population and incite true believers and "ordinary men" to carry out brutal atrocities and genocide, but also to foster a climate of indifference toward the sufferings of neighbours, former friends and other peoples."

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