National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: June 25, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda Exhibition Speaker Series

Dr. Jeffrey Herf to Discuss The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m., the National Archives and Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host, Dr. Jeffrey Herf, for a lecture based upon his book The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust. Herf’s lecture will be held at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

A free reception and exhibit viewing will precede this lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Herf’s talk will draw, in part, on his book The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust, published in 2006 with Harvard University Press and recipient of that year’s National Jewish Book Award for work on the Holocaust. The book offers a close reading of key texts of the propaganda of the Nazi regime, including speeches by Hitler; essays and speeches by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda; articles in the government controlled press; daily government directions to the press about how to write the daily news; and propaganda posters distributed throughout Germany. One of his central questions is why antisemitism, which had contributed to oppression, violence and discrimination against Jews in Europe for centuries, assumed genocidal proportions between 1941 and 1945.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the Speaker

Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, studies the intersection of ideas and politics in modern European history, specializing in twentieth century Germany. He has published extensively on Germany during the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and on West and East Germany during the Cold War. His publications include Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World; Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich; War By Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance and the Battle of the Euromissiles; and Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys. Several of his books have received prizes including The Jewish Enemy which was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for work on the Holocaust in 2007. He is now completing a history of the antagonism to Israel by Communist East Germany and the West German radical left from the Six Day War of 1967 to the collapse of Communism in Europe in 1989-1991. Jeffrey Herf has also published essays on contemporary issues in The New Republic, The American Interest, and The Weekly Standard. He is a 1969 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his doctorate in 1981 from Brandies University.

About the State of Deception Exhibit

Featuring rarely seen artifacts, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda draws visitors into a rich multimedia environment vividly illustrating the insidious allure of much of Nazi propaganda. This program is a part of the Wednesday Evening Program Series presented in conjunction with the exhibit State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The free exhibition, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and hosted by the National Archives at Kansas City is available for viewing, Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through October 25, 2014. Group tours are available, for more information call 816-268-8013 or email mickey.ebert@nara.gov.

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda is produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and hosted by the National Archives at Kansas City. State of Deception was underwritten in part by grants from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990 and by Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center. Kansas City Presentation Sponsors include: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Sosland Foundation; Donna Gould Cohen; Hall Family Foundation; Sprint Foundation; Annette & Sam & Jack Swirnberg Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee; H&R Block Foundation; Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Oppenstein Brothers Foundation; Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, United Missouri Bank, N.A., Trustee; Kansas Humanities Council; Hunt Midwest (in kind). Bus subsidies for schools are provided by the following funds of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City: J-LEAD; Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund; and Flo Harris Foundation.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors. Its mission is to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, KS, MCHE serves people of all faiths and cultures in Kansas, western Missouri and elsewhere in the Midwest. It serves teachers, students (primarily grades 7 through college) as well as civic and community groups through exhibits, speakers, films, an annual essay contest, teacher education, and a resource library. MCHE honors local survivors and their experiences by recording and communicating their stories to every generation. To learn more, visit www.mchekc.org.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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