Propaganda - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Propaganda Deconstructing Nazi propaganda Images What is Propaganda? Biased information Simplifies complex issues or ideas Created to shape public opinion and behavior
True, partially true, or blatantly false information Plays on emotions Symbols, images, words, or music Directs human action toward a given goal Advertises a cause,
organization, or movement and its opponents Common Propaganda Techniques Bandwagon Testimonial
Plain Folks Transfer Fear/Card Stacking Logical Fallacies Glittering Generalities Name-calling Bandwagon An appeal to the subject to follow the crowd Tries to convince the subject that one side is the winning side and that winning is inevitable Appeals to a persons desire to be on the winning side
Testimonial Quotations or endorsements which attempt to connect a well-known or respectable person with a product or ideal with the intent to better sell the product or ideal Plain Folks An attempt to convince the public that his or her views reflect those of the common person The candidate tries to appear to be working for the benefit of the common person Transfer An attempt to make the subject view a certain
item in the same way as they view another item Used to transfer negative feelings for one object to another In politics, this technique is often used to transfer blame or bad feelings from one politician to another or from one group of people to another Fear/Card Stacking Only presents information that is positive to an idea or proposal and omits information contrary to it While the information presented is true, other important information is purposely omitted Logical Fallacies
An argument that sounds as if it makes sense but the premises given for the conclusion do not provide proper support for the argument Glittering Generalities Uses words that have different positive meaning for individual subjects, but are linked to highly valued concepts Words often used as glittering generalities are honor, glory, love of country, and freedom Name-calling Uses derogatory language or words that carry a negative connotation when describing an enemy
Attempts to arouse prejudice among the public by labeling the target something that the public dislikes Common Propaganda Traits Uses truths, half-truths, or lies Omits information selectively Simplifies complex issues or ideas Plays on emotions Advertises a cause Attacks opponents Targets desired audiences Nazi Propaganda Practices
Volksgemeinschaft: National Community A cornerstone of Nazi ideology and propaganda An organic, racial union of all Aryan Germans Political strife and dissension have
no place in National Socialist society Contributing to the general welfare of the nation, not individualism Nazi propaganda played a crucial role in selling the myth to Germans who longed for unity, national pride and greatness Making a leader
Modern techniques of propaganda -- including strong images and simple messages -- helped propel Austrian-born Adolf Hitler from being a little known extremist to a leading candidate in the 1932 German presidential elections. The style of this poster is similar to some of film stars of the era. Election poster, 1932; photo by Heinrich Hoffmann Nazi propaganda idolized Hitler as a gifted statesman who brought stability, created jobs, and restored German greatness
Under the Nazi regime, Germans were expected to pay public allegiance to the Fhrer in quasireligious forms, such as giving the Nazi salute and greeting others on the street with Heil Hitler!, the so-called German Greeting Faith in Hitler strengthened the bonds of national unity, while non-compliance signaled dissension in a society where open criticism of the regime, and its leaders, were grounds for imprisonment Defining the
Enemy Nazi propaganda often portrayed Jews as engaged in a conspiracy to provoke war. Here, a stereotyped Jew conspires behind the scenes to control the Allied powers, represented by the British, American, and Soviet flags. The caption reads, "Behind the enemy powers: the Jew." Circa 1942. One crucial factor in creating a cohesive group is to define who is excluded from membership
Nazi propagandists contributed to the regime's policies by publicly identifying groups for exclusion, inciting hatred or cultivating indifference, and justifying their pariah status to the populace Propaganda helped to define who would be excluded from the new society and justified measures against the outsiders: Jews Sinti and Roma (Gypsies) homosexuals political dissidents
Germans viewed as genetically inferior and harmful to national health Deceiving the Public Propaganda served as an important tool to win over the majority of the German public who had not supported Adolf Hitler and to push forward the Nazis' radical program
A new state propaganda apparatus, headed by Joseph Goebbels, sought to manipulate and deceive the German population and the outside world Propagandists preached an appealing message of national unity and a utopian future An antisemitic poster published in Poland in March 1941. The caption reads, "Jews are lice; They cause typhus." This German-published poster was intended to instill fear of Jews among Christian Poles.
Rallying the Nation "Greater Germany: Yes on 10 April" (1938). This election poster emphasizes the message of jumping on the Nazi political bandwagon, as represented by the hands raised in a unified Nazi salute. The Nazi Party dramatically increased its public support by advertising itself as a protest movement against the corruption and ineffectiveness of the Weimar system
Throughout World War II, Nazi propagandists disguised military aggression aimed at territorial conquest as acts of ethnic self-defense necessary for the survival of Aryan civilization Nazi propaganda frequently stressed the power of a mass movement to propel the country forward, subtly underscored by the upward angle of the hands
This poster typifies the propaganda strategy of using simple confident slogans, with bold graphics often using the characteristic Nazi colors of red, black, and white. Indoctrinating Youth "Students/Be the Fhrer's propagandists." With militant appeals to nationalism, freedom, and self-sacrifice, the Nazi Party successfully recruited students disenchanted with German democracy and their current
student organizations. From the 1920s onwards, the Nazi Party targeted German youth as a special audience for its propaganda messages These messages emphasized that the Party was a movement of youth: dynamic resilient forward-looking
hopeful Millions of German young people were won over to Nazism in the classroom and through extracurricular activities Writing the News "All of Germany Listens to the Fhrer with the People's Radio." The poster depicts a crowd surrounding a radio. The radio looms large, symbolizing the mass appeal and broad audience
for Nazi broadcasts. Der Strmer was the most notorious, antisemitic newspaper in Germany The newspaper, headed by Julius Streicher, published lurid tales of Jewish ritual murder, sex crimes, and financial malfeasance
The Nazis understood the power and attraction of emerging technologies, such as film, loudspeakers, radio, and television, in the service of propaganda These technologies offered the Nazi leadership a means for mass dissemination of their ideological messages and a vehicle for reinforcing the myth of the National Community through communal listening and viewing experiences The Nazi Plan Film from the Steven Spielberg Film Archive showing the Opening of the Official Anti-Semitic Campaign, 1 April 1933. Also in this clip is Minister for Popular
Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels addressing a cheering crowd in Berlin Lustgarten, the boycott of Jewish shops, a truck filled with Nazis moving through streets, chanting: "Germans, protect yourselves. Don't buy from the Jews, book burning and more. [00:05:48] Please use your corresponding worksheets with the next set of slides A New People Calendar cover, A New People 1938, Nazi Party Office of Racial Politics USHMM, source unknown
The Eternal Jew Exhibition poster, The Eternal Jew, Munich, 1937 USHMM, courtesy of Julius Goldstein Germanys Victory Europes Freedom Wartime poster, Germanys Victory Europes Freedom, 194?
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