Nazis used “strong graphic images, swastika” to rise to prominence

27 January 2017

The Nazi party in Germany used “strong graphic images” like the swastika to brand themselves and make the “jump from obscurity to political prominence”, Steven Luckert, Senior Programme Curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has said.

Mr Luckert opened the Museum's exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” at UN headquarters ahead of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

Observed annually on 27 January, the Day commemorates the millions of Jews, as well as prisoners of war, political dissidents and members of minority groups who were systematically murdered by the Nazis.

Elizabeth Scaffidi walked through the exhibition with Mr Luckert, asking him about the stories behind the photos included in the exhibition that were taken in the 1930s.

She began by asking the curator what his personal connection to the Holocaust was.

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