The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

The Power of Printing as it Relates to the Holocaust (1933-1945)

This website was created in partial fulfillment of ILS 518 History of Books and Printing with Dr. Mary Brown at Southern Connecticut State University. The information included is only a brief overview of the power of printing as it relates to the Holocaust.

Within this website, I examine the print industry under Hitler’s rule, focusing specifically on the closing of libraries, burning of books, and the fate of printing and journalism in the greater Reich. I also examine how the Nazis used posters, cartoons, advertisements, newspapers, maps, and books to promote their anti-Semitic propaganda. I explore how America’s newspapers and magazines reported the atrocities of the Holocaust and the way the American public responded to these reports. I also describe printed forms of resistance in the manner of underground newspapers, booklets, flyers, and pamphlets that were created during the Holocaust by the resisters to the Nazis. Finally, I examine the power of text as it relates to Holocaust denial and Holocaust memoirs. I also demonstrate the response of the publishing industry to the growing number of first-person accounts of the Nazi genocide and the influence printing has had on the study of the Holocaust. From my research, I hope to show that the development of printing can be used for good, bad, and evil. I also hope to prove that printed propaganda is as powerful a weapon as physical force and that printed records of memory and resistance are powerful tools of combating evil.



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