Nazi Propaganda Exhibition in St Louis


insideNot long after we returned from our Eastern Europe trip, we found out about this special exhibition, and were fascinated as it was so relevant to our visit to Auschwitz.

The Missouri History Museum (Forest Park, St Louis) hosted a fascinating exhibition (April 11-September 7, 2015) called State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. We made a special effort to go before the exhibition closed, as in the summer we’d traveled fairly extensively in Eastern Europe, and visited some key sights, like Auschwitz. We’d all asked ourselves the questions “How did the Nazis get so many people to buy into their ideas? How was it possible to get away with all the atrocities that they did?”

One kind of propaganda was a board game for kids that was very anti-Jewish

One kind of propaganda was a board game for kids that was very anti-Jewish

A "go-to-war" poster---note the reference to the Jews (Der Jude)

A “go-to-war” poster—note the reference to the Jews (Der Jude)

This exhibition attempts to answer those types of questions, and I think succeeds quite well. This traveling exhibition was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and uses extensive materials—information boards, posters, photographs, video and audio clips, newspaper articles, interviews with people from that time etc.

The introductory board is a quote by Adolf Hitler from 1924. “Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.” Highly prophetic, as it turned out.

The exhibition examines how the Nazis used propaganda, their “terrible weapon”, to justify war and mass murder. This extreme case study of Nazi atrocities emphasizes why the issue of propaganda mattered and still matters and challenges us all to question, analyze and seek the truth.

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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