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“Propaganda,” Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924, “is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.” During the subsequent two decades, Nazi leaders showed the world bold, new ways to use it. State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda is a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It examines how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany’s young democracy after World War I, implement radical programs under the party’s dictatorship in the 1930s, and justify war and mass murder. This most extreme case study emphasizes why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges citizens today to actively question, analyze, and seek the truth.
Starting in April, HEC-TV will be partnering with the Missouri History Museum and the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis to connect the nation to this St. Louis exhibit. HEC-TV provides the unique opportunity for students to tune in live and interact with local and national Holocaust and Nazi Propaganda experts during the exhibit and will provide Emmy-award winning quality video, including curator walkthroughs of the exhibit, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.