Aesthetics matter — and propaganda is a testament to that.

In order to control a population, you must first control the population’s minds. Adolf Hitler knew this well — and knew that propaganda was a politically expedient instrument to impose anti-Semitism onto the German populace. As he wrote in Mein Kampf, “Propaganda works on the general public from the standpoint of an idea and makes them ripe for the victory of this idea.”

During their reign of terror, Nazis utilized highly artistic — sometimes even beautiful — posters to promote ideas of hatred and fear of the Other, and allow them to “ripen” in the minds of young army recruits and civilians. While old in a physical sense, these Nazi propaganda posters remind us that the most insidious movements often cloak their ugliness in beauty:

Nazi Propaganda Posters
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Nazi Propaganda Posters: Controlling Minds Through Lines And Color
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Next, read about the four most devastating moments of the Nazi occupation. Then, find out what Nazi research has contributed to medical science.

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