State of Deception
The Power of Nazi PropagandaBook - 2009
"Propaganda," Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924, "is a truly terribleweapon in the hands of an expert." State of Deception: The Powerof Nazi Propaganda documents how, in the 1920s and 1930s, theNazi Party used posters, newspapers, rallies, and the newtechnologies of radio and film to sway millions with its vision fora new Germany -- reinforced by fear-mongering images of state"enemies." These images promoted indifference toward the sufferingof neighbors, disguised the regime's genocidal actions, andinsidiously incited ordinary people to carry out or tolerate massviolence.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is addressing thistopic today because, in an age of instant electronic communication,disseminators of messages and images of intolerance and hate havenew tools, while at the same time consumers seem less able to copewith the vast amounts of unmediated information bombarding themdaily. It is hoped that a deeper understanding of the complexitiesof the past may help us respond more effectively to today'spropaganda campaigns and biased messages.