Propaganda is the utilization of a message to sway opinion – be that in the form of advertising a product or selling a political message. In 21st century America, the word propaganda carries a connotation that makes us uneasy. We equate it with manipulation for negative purposes. Much of this perspective is born out of the propaganda from World War I and World War II.
During the Nazi period, propaganda was used for a variety of purposes ranging from electioneering to preparing the highly integrated German society to view their own neighbors as inferior beings worthy of exclusion and, eventually, annihilation.
This year’s contest asked students to research the goals and methods of Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda and to explore the experiences of one Jewish survivor affected by these circumstances.
This year May 5th marks Yom HaShoah, the day of commemoration of the Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resistance during that period.
Our community remembered Yom HaShoah Sunday May, 1. We commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the 53rd anniversary of the dedication of Kansas City’s Memorial to the Six Million. Benny Harding, son of Holocaust survivors Dorothy and Harry Harding, both of blessed memory, chaired the program, which featured the traditional lighting of six candles in memory of the six million Jewish victims. It also included readings and images related to the arrival of survivors in Kansas City, which began 70 years ago.
June 27-29, 2016
Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park, KS
This course, taught by MCHE’s Director of Education, examines the experience of the Holocaust through the varied perspectives of those who lived through it, including Jews from across Europe, non-Jewish civilians, perpetrators, rescuers, government officials, and liberators. The course is appropriate for educators of 7-12th grade students.