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Holocaust Museum and Propaganda.

posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:03 AM by Janna Potts
The website is actually pretty interesting.  Obviously Nazi Germany utilized a lot of propaganda and similar techniques around the WWII era, but I had never really seen the actual examples like the cartoon drawings of Jewish people in coloring books or the magazine covers.  I can definitely see how propaganda can influence people because if you're not completely aware and you're caught up in your life, it may be easy to believe something that almost all of your mass media forms are throwing at you. Writers and journalists are especially good at twisting words and painting an incomplete picture that leads many people to believe incorrect information.  I noticed that in the gallery they had ugly pictures of Jewish people they put in coloring books.  I thought that was particularly horrific because as a child, you believe anything your parents or other adults tell you. To imagine that some children probably grew up hearing nothing but criticism against Jewish people and coloring ugly pictures of them is awful because they never even stood a chance to fully understand the whole situation. 

I also thought that the "Themes" section was interesting, particularly the "Defining the Enemy", because it sort of explains how Hitler was so powerful.  Although he was obviously a horrible person, he was clever in that he knew to create an enemy through propaganda to band together a country and therefore gain influence.  The propaganda highlighted all the Jewish and other minorities as the scapegoat for the country's problems, and created a higher elite that everyone wanted to be a part of.  The "Deceiving the Public" article is also interesting since it sort of centers on how this was so successful; Hitler's propaganda created an illusion of a perfect Utopian future that could only be reached by expelling anyone who did not belong to the "National Community". 

The time line also illustrates how Hitler used organization to be successful in carrying out his beliefs.  I thought the thing about the 25 Point program was interesting, because it directly conveys who can and can't be apart of what and do certain things.

Propaganda isn't all bad though, it's just that its more popular uses happen to be the most notorious, such as the ones uses in Germany.  Britain had its own forms of propaganda that wasn't necessarily bad though, such as Animal Farm.  Britain also issued a number of posters to boost the country's esteem in the chaos of everything like the "Keep Calm and Carry On" one.  I know that also during WWII, America used a lot of propaganda against Germany.  One example is the "A Careless Word... A Needless Loss" posters used to discourage people from careless talking in public in case important information might be picked up by spies - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A_careless_word...A_needless_loss_poster.jpg
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