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Propaganda and the Media

The survivors’ stories in the Through Our Eyes exhibition illustrate key elements of the Holocaust as it escalated, including the way in which the Nazi government used propaganda, the media, the civil service and the law to portray Jewish people as ‘subhuman’ and strip them of their rights.  This discrimination, based on dehumanising stereotypes, made the Holocaust possible.

“They were very young boys who were being indoctrinated with propaganda. They weren’t encouraged to think for themselves about these things and boys of that age don’t anyway.”  

“When people tell you political things, when they shout political slogans I would say ask yourself whether this is right or wrong…  Ask yourself that.”

Martin Kappel

This session explores how Nazi Germany used propaganda and the media and considers the ways in which the media still influences behaviours, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination today. Students will explore to what extent news and reporting is ever bias free and how it may impact on people’s beliefs and actions, stressing the importance of interpreting and questioning the information and evidence that we have access to in our daily lives.

This session also explores how the Nazi regime used the media as a tool to turn friends against friends and neighbours against neighbours, which ultimately led to persecution and murder.  It gives students tools to help them interpret and critically evaluate what they read in the media and question some of the sources of information and evidence given to us today.

This session costs £5.50 per child with a minimum price of £150 per group. Accompanying adults are free. To book, please download our schools booking form here, re-upload and send back to us using the form below or email us using the contact form.

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