National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: July 23, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

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

Salo Aizenberg to Discuss Hatemail: Anti-Semetism on Picture Postcards

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

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m., the National Archives and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host Salo Aizenberg for a discussion of his book titled Hatemail: Anti-Semitism on Picture Postcards. Aizenberg's lecture will be held at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

A free light 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.

Today email and social media outlets are sometimes used to spread hateful messages and slurs masking as humor. In the late 19th and 20th centuries postcards served this purpose. The images collected in this volume make it painfully clear that antisemitic propaganda did not simply begin with the Nazis. Nor was it the sole province of politicians, journalists, and rabble-rousers. One of the most virulent forms of antisemitism during this time was spread by quite ordinary people through postcards. Of the millions of postcards exchanged during their heyday of 1890 through 1920, a considerable percentage showcased antisemitic images that publishers churned out to meet public demand, reflecting deep-seated attitudes of society. Aizenberg, a leading collector Judaica picture postcards, will present and discuss the imagery and societal attitudes reflected on the postcards.

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

About the Speaker

Salo Aizenberg manages Downtown Investment Advisory, a registered investment advisory firm based in New York that provides investment advisory and wealth management services to individuals and institutions. Downtown Investment Advisory was founded by Aizenberg in October 2013 after a 20 year career in institutional finance and investing. Aizenberg earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and his undergraduate degree from State University of NY at Binghamton. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Investment Committee of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. In addition to a career in finance, over the last two decades Aizenberg has amassed one of the leading collections of Judaica picture postcards. Having come from a family of scholars and published authors in the areas of history and Judaica, writing and publishing was a natural next step. Aizenberg's first book, Postcards from the Holy Land: A Pictorial History of the Ottoman Era, 1880-1918 was published in 2010.

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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