Propaganda for War and Murder

Week 10. April 4, 2018

How is propaganda used to deepen a sense of nationalism and patriotism in ways that justify war against enemies?

If you did not participate in the live synchronous chat, please watch the video. Then select one of the key ideas below and describe a key idea from what you learned in the readings.


Discuss key ideas:

  • illegal listening to foreign radio stations
  • anti-Jewish propaganda entertainment films
  • anti-Soviet “atrocity stories”
  • the propaganda of deception: Theresienstadt
  • acknowledging collective guilt: compulsory viewing of Holocaust evidence
  • approaches to de-Nazification
  • Nuremberg trials – Streicher and Fritschse

View and discuss: Confronting Hate Propaganda and Holocaust Denial

LEAP 3 – Due April 11. How to be successful

Review of activities due April 11. Please complete Pathwright Week 11 (Terrorism as Propaganda before class on April 11).  Note: Change in the syllabus.





  1. Expanding on Meredith’s thoughts on denatzification, it was somewhat contradicting for the allies to imply that in order to get rid of antisemitism propaganda we have to use our own propaganda without making it seem manipulative. It’s kind of playing a statement of fighting fire with fire in a sense that using propaganda in a positive way against harmful propaganda will solve the problems. Another point I wanted to discuss is the illegal listening to foreign radio stations. It is scary to know that before that a citizen scanning his radio was able to listen to the majority of enemies at any time. It become something that many find hard to discuss but it leads to an invasion of privacy in our current world as everything we do digitally and on the media is recorded and taken accounted for.


  2. As we read in “State of Deception” a large part of the denazification period was opening the German’s eyes to larger aspects of different cultures, which under the fascist’s control was not happening. Hitler would even begin locking doors at the beginning of films to ensure that people would watch and absorb these beliefs. During this denazification period, museums and films were released and shown to the people of Germany to show them all the values they were unable to see for the past decades. Also, I found the video to be interesting in the sense of how the development of technology has such a strong effect on hate propaganda. The new generation was born into the internet era. So they have seen these hate propaganda examples since they were little kids. But the innovation of allowing younger children to text Holocaust survivors and ask them questions such about propaganda and their experiences. As Renee mentions in the video, this use of technology allows children to critically analyze propaganda and recognize what it is actually saying, ultimately making it easier for them to resist hate propaganda.


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