Antisemitism of the East

This essay takes a look at the developmental differences between anti-Semitism found in Nazi controlled Germany during WWII and the Russian’s spread of anti-Zionism during the first half of the 20th century through analysis of political images produce by these governments.  Using analytical methods found in Lubin’s “Losing Sight: War, Authority, and Blindness in British and American Visual Cultures, 1914-22,” I examine illustrations found in the Nazi paper, Der Stürmer, along with political cartoons found in Pravda and Soviet Anti-Zionist Propaganda posters in order to identify their procedures in the creation of images capable of instilling anger towards one small section of the populous. With a heavy emphasis on the symbolic aspects and stereotypical portrayals of Jews -such as large ears and noses, bodies covered in hair, and the distinct styles of dress- found in the images belonging to both groups, I study the negative side of propaganda’s ability to archive the fears of a generation. These examples of encouraged abhorrence towards to Jewish populations expand on Lubin’s argument about the documenting powers of propaganda and its influential effects on the courses of history. [184 words]


4 thoughts on “Antisemitism of the East”

  1. I think this topic is extremely interesting, but my question is what exactly are the “influential effects” that this type of propaganda has on the courses of history?

  2. I think this is a very interesting topic to study, I’m studying something similar dealing with propaganda as well. What do you mean by the “procedures in creation?” Do you mean the ideas they focused on to promote anti-Semitism or a more surface level study of the types of propaganda?

  3. This topic seems extremely interesting, first of all. Second, are the portrayals of jews in both national propagandas similiar, or do they emphaiss different things, and does this reflect back on the culture of the propagandists?

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