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The art of propaganda: Central Library exhibition pulls Nazi past into the present

The art of propaganda: Central Library exhibition pulls Nazi past into the present

As the bizarre and disturbing presidential primary season rumbles on, the timing could not be better for an exhibition that dissects the operation of political propaganda in images and texts. Right about now, we could use a good dose of historical insight into the genre’s workings.

If only “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” were more compelling. The show, packaged for touring by the formidable United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., contains a lot of good information chronicling one aspect of the National Socialist Party’s meteoric rise from minor player in 1928 to the Reichstag’s largest political party by 1932. But...

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