US Holocaust Memorial Museum with European Parliament’s Parlamentarium hosts exhibition: State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda - January 25 to May 13.
“Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.” —Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1924
Brussels — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in conjunction with the European Parliament’s Parlamentarium museum*, is marking the 2018 International Day of Commemoration under the theme “Propaganda and the Holocaust: From Words to Genocide.”
For this occasion, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is opening an exhibition on Nazi propaganda. Entitled State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, it encourages visitors to reflect on the ongoing dangers of propaganda - especially today when many of the techniques and messages developed by the Nazis are being recycled and reused by extremist groups promoting violence and hatred.
The exhibition opens on January 25 and will run until May 13. Exhibition texts in German, French and Dutch are available. The Kazerne Dossin museum in Mechelen, Belgium, is organizing guided tours in four languages.
“While the Nazis are gone, the deadly potential of propaganda lives on,” U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum director Sara Bloomfield said. “It is even more dangerous in this interconnected world, when heinous content can be disseminated and consulted anywhere anytime. We need to learn the lessons of the past, to strengthen our collective capacity to respond to violent extremism. “
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda draws visitors into a rich multimedia environment vividly illustrating the insidious allure of Nazi propaganda.
“Adolf Hitler was an avid student of propaganda and borrowed techniques from the Allies in World War I, his Socialist and Communist rivals, the Italian Fascist Party, as well as then-contemporary advertising,” says exhibition curator Steven Luckert, who will be in Brussels for the exhibition opening. “Drawing upon these models, he successfully marketed the Nazi Party, its ideology, and himself to the German people.”
The Museum is encouraging visitors to the exhibition in Brussels and globally to consider how they can honor the legacy of the Holocaust to combat hate and antisemitism. Audiences can use #askWHY to share how they will make choices and act to apply these lessons in their lives for a safer future.
*The Parlamentarium is the visitors' centre of the European Parliament and is located in the Parliament's Espace Léopold complex in Brussels at rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels.