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State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda Poster Sets and Educational Guides:  We are excited to announce the creation of a new educational resource around the exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. This resource includes posters and educational guides that were made for release to the United Nations Information Centres worldwide as part of the Museum’s Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism. They have been translated into the following nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Kiswahili, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. This resource is now available to our Museum Teacher Fellows. In order to receive a link to download and print the poster set and guide, please fill out this short form.

The State of Deception traveling exhibition is currently on display at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA through June 18, 2017. Please visit the State of Deception online exhibition for more classroom resources on propaganda.

The Path to Nazi Genocide film
This 38-minute film examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany. Using rare footage, the film explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.
This film is intended for adult viewers, but selected segments may be appropriate for younger audiences.

Some Were Neighbors:  Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust
Millions of ordinary people witnessed the crimes of the Holocaust—in the countryside and city squares, in stores and schools, in homes and workplaces. Across Europe, the Nazis found countless willing helpers who collaborated or were complicit in their crimes. What motives and pressures led so many individuals to abandon their fellow human beings? Why did others make the choice to help?  Explore this online exhibit to learn more.

Oath and Opposition:  Education under the Third Reich
“At crucial junctures, every individual makes a decision…and every decision is individual.”
Raul Hilberg, Holocaust scholar

The Museum’s programs for professionals and student leaders are founded on the belief that a healthy society depends upon engaged citizens. By studying the choices made by individuals and institutions during the Holocaust, participants gain fresh insight into their own professional and individual responsibilities today.

Under the authority of the Third Reich, teachers were obligated to join the National Socialist Teacher’s League (NSLB) and take an Oath of Loyalty to the Führer. Within that framework, teachers were still able to make individual choices; some chose to comply with Nazi ideology, while others chose to act in opposition. This close scrutiny of the past provides a framework for a discussion on the role and responsibility of teachers in the education system in the United States today.

This resource includes a short film to set the historical context, Case Studies with primary source documents highlighting the pressures felt and the range of choices available to teachers, and survivor testimonies depicting the various experiences students had based on decisions made by their teachers.