Posts Tagged ‘nazi propaganda’


Steven Heller is a design historian & the co-founder of the MFA in design criticism at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is also the author of “The Swastika, a Symbol Beyond Redemption?” & “Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State,” both books about the history of fascist symbolism. Heller recently discovered the German Nazi Party’s branding & design handbook at an antiquarian book fair.

Existing within a larger manual on the organization of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler’s style guide consists of 70 full-page, full-color plates (on heavy paper) that provide examples of virtually every Nazi flag, insignia, patterns for official Nazi Party office signs, special armbands for the Reichsparteitag (Reichs Party Day), & Honor Badges. The book ‘over-explains the obvious’ & leaves no Nazi Party organization question, regardless of how minute, unanswered.

All that according to a recent post on Heller’s blog.

He agreed to talk to The Tagline about the similarities & differences between history’s most notorious propagandists & modern American marketers. [Read More]


From radio & film to newspapers & publishing, the Nazi regime controlled every aspect of German culture from 1933-1945. Through Josef GoebbelsMinistry of Public Enlightenment & Propaganda , the German state tightly controlled political messaging, promoting deification of the leader — the Führerprinzip — & the demonization of the ubiquitous & duplicitious “racial enemy.”

A new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, examines “how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies & carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany.”’s Michael C. Moynihan visited with museum historian & curator Steve Luckert to discuss the role & effectiveness of propaganda in the rise of fascism & what lessons can be drawn from the Nazi experiment in mass manipulation.

To visit the exhibit website click here.