State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to Sunday, February 2, 2014

After World War I, an obscure political party first formed in Germany with a few dozen members.  But led by an adroit propaganda strategist named Adolf Hitler, this group eventually became the Nazi Party, and went on to persuade a generation of Germans to adopt radical policies and head into war.

This thoughtful traveling exhibition from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum features rarely seen artifacts, and will help visitors understand how simple, strong imagery and a well-strategized propaganda campaign could be so persuasive and destructive.

Learn how the Nazi Party used new technologies of the day—such as movies and inexpensive plastic radios—to such terrible ends.  Find out why Hitler’s memoir Mein Kampf was issued expressly to newlyweds, and why knives and pins were given to boys in Hitler Youth groups.  In 1924, Adolf Hitler wrote, "Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert."  Explore what propaganda was in Hitler's Germany, and what it means for us today.

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

This exhibition was underwritten in part by grants from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from The Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.  The Field Museum presentation of this exhibition is made possible by the generosity of The Crown Family.