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Three alphabetical lists preview current, upcoming and ongoing exhibitions presented by our member institutions across North America.  Click the links for pictures and additional information.


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thru 07/05/2015

BREMAN JEWISH HERITAGE MUSEUM, THE WILLIAM Atlanta, GA

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures

The acclaimed and engaging children's exhibition features the famed "chicken soup" slide, a dress up area, and activity stations where children can let out their inner Wild Things.

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thru 02/01/2015

CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM San Francisco, CA

Arnold Newman: Masterclass

The exhibition celebrates the singular vision of one of the most influential portrait photographers of the twentieth century. Over the course of nearly seven decades, Arnold Newman (1918-2006) created iconic images of some of the most prominent innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of his time. Martha Graham, Phillip Glass, Marilyn Monroe, Grandma Moses, Salvador Dali, Paul Auster, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters. This first posthumous retrospective of the photographer's work features over 200 vintage black and white photographs including Newman's most famous portraits, as well as numerous works never before shown publicly.

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thru 01/04/2015

DERFNER JUDAICA MUSEUM AT THE HEBREW HOME AT RIVERDALE Riverdale, NY

Archie Rand: Psalm 68

The powerful emotions of Psalm 68-whether in the service of extolling the prowess of the military in battle or the rejoicing in gladness of peacetime-find a proper receptacle in Rand's paintings. The intense color and black amorphous shapes in some of the canvases echo Surrealist automatic writing; still others feature tantalizing forms that suggest a wide range of images gleaned from an array of sources, including architecture and comic books. Natural, manmade and supernatural elements can also be discerned. Rand's 36 exuberant 12x16-inch acrylic paintings, some with marker or hand-mixed with resins and acids, provide an impassioned foray into ancient perils-both awesome and delightful.

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thru 12/25/2014

FINE MUSEUM, ELIZABETH S. & ALVIN I. - CONGREGATION EMANU-EL SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA

Ageless Creativity 2014: Art by the Residents of the Jewish Home of San Francisco

For over 140 years, the Jewish Home of San Francisco has ensured that Bay Area Jewish elderly have a place to call home. The Home's renowned Creative Arts Program enables residents to express their creativity through classes in painting, sculpture, crafts, and ceramics. Special adaptive equipment assists participants who have limited hand mobility. The work of nearly 30 artists is included in the exhibition. Shown here: Layeh Bock Pallant's "Let It Go".

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thru 01/25/2015

ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER Skokie, IL

Race: Are We So Different?

It's a simple truth. People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.The idea of "race" has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge "racial" differences, and even question the very concept of race. Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, this is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view, offering an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

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thru 02/28/2015

JEWISH MUSEUM MILWAUKEE Milwaukee, WI

Stitching History From The Holocaust

Although Paul and Hedy Strnad perished in the Holocaust, their memory lives on in the form of a letter and Hedy's dress designs, which form the core of this haunting exhibit. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater's costume shop meticulously created with historic accuracy the eight dresses and accessories from the original sketches by using period styles and techniques. Museum staff has collected years of research to give visitors a closer look into the lives of this couple - a story that represents one of the millions of lives extinguished by the Holocaust and the immeasurable loss of talent and creativity.

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thru 06/12/2015

JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND Baltimore, MD

The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen

The Jewish Museum of Maryland is offering a different perspective on the Battle of Baltimore and its aftermath. This new exhibit follows the life of one of the most interesting characters in the fort, artilleryman Mendes I. Cohen - possibly the most interesting person you have never heard of! Cohen was a soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist, a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority, a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, and a proud Jew. The museum has turned the many twists and turns of this real life adventurer into a maze. Visitors follow Cohen from his rescue of the gunpowder during the battle, to his life in the family lottery business, to the struggle to give Jews the right to hold office, to his visit with the Pope, to his journey down the Nile and his status as the first American tourist in Palestine (and that's just the first half of his life!) The exhibit connects Cohen's journey to what was happening to Jews across America, Europe and the Middle East in the early 19th century. Through hands-on experiences and with authentic artifacts and letters, the exhibit explores how Cohen created a personal identity, and it allows visitors to reflect on how they are forming their own identities.

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thru 02/01/2015

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt

Russian folk dancers and a balalaika player mingle with strutting roosters; Admiral Dewey and a Russian peasant guard a pair of American flags; tennis racquets fan out, a hot-air balloon takes flight, and a circus acrobat performs a horse act while a rocking chair and a Star of David appear side by side. A potpourri of Russian, American, and Jewish motifs, this colorful quilt tells multiple stories.

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thru 02/01/2015

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952

Through select paintings, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key Abstract Expressionists. Born one year apart, the female Lee Krasner (1908 - 84) and the African American Norman Lewis (1909 - 79) shared similar family situations and came of age in the economic, social, and historic complexities of the 1930s. They formed their creative identities in the artistic and cultural ferment of New York City that was to catapult it to the center of the art world after World War II. Each experimented with approaches that joined abstraction and cultural specificity. Their work similarly brims with gesture, image, and incident, yet was often overlooked by critics in their time.

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thru 11/30/2014

KOFFLER CENTRE OF THE ARTS Toronto, ONT

Pardes | Nadav Assor, Ira Eduardovna, Amnon Wolman, Nevet Yitzhak

Derived from a Talmudic parable, the term Pardes - meaning ‘orchard' in Hebrew - has come to symbolize the realm of esoteric practice. The exhibition brings together four Israeli sound and multimedia artists who have created works that investigate notions of mysticism, heresy and the occult from secular perspectives, as they relate to contemporary society. Guest curator: Liora Belford. At Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto.

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thru 03/15/2015

MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE Beachwood, OH

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert," wrote Adolf Hitler in 1924. Organized by the United States Holocaust Museum, State of Deception examines the Nazis' keen understanding of mass communications and how they manipulated it in their quest to acquire power.

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thru 12/31/2014

MAYYIM HAYYIM LIVING WATERS: COMMUNITY MIKVEH AND ART GALLERY Newton, MA

Vessels: Containing Possibilities | Steven Branfman and Bette Ann Libby

The mikveh pool is a vessel that contains water collected to hold human bodies - each one the vessel of a unique, sacred life. The container itself is not sacred - the intention makes it so. Mayyim Hayyim itself is a vessel, too: a space where songs and laughter echo, where tears and sighs settle in quiet safely. The cups and bowls, pots and pitchers in this exhibit express two very different artistic points of view, the purist and the iconoclast. What they share, however, makes this show one of the most interesting the Mayyim Hayyim gallery has yet presented.

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thru 12/31/2014

MIZEL MUSEUM Denver, CO

Place Matters

An exhibition that explores real and imagined places and their role in our human experiences. It features work by Monica Aiello (here), Adam Bateman, Melissa Furness, Paul Michel, Michal Ronnen Safdie. Co-curated and produced by Mizel Museum and Denver Arts & Venues. At Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

 

 

 

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thru 03/01/2015

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950

Hollywood's film history is a Jewish and an American story alike. This exhibition highlights the émigré actors, directors, writers, and composers who were refugees from Nazi persecution in Europe. Among these luminaries were Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Franz Werfel, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Waxman. Through film footage, concept drawings, costumes, posters, photographs, and memorabilia, it explores the origins of their exclusion from the German film industry and focuses on their subsequent contributions to American cinema and culture, particularly in the genres of the anti-Nazi film, exile film, film noir, and comedy.

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thru 03/01/2015

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

The Noir Effect

Complementing Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950, The Noir Effect explores how the film noir genre gave rise to major contemporary trends in American popular culture, art, and media. Featured artists include Bill Armstrong, Ronald Corbin, Helen K. Garber, David Lynch, Karina Nimmerfall, Jane O'Neal, Alex Prager, Rouse & Jones, Ed Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman. Focusing on key noir elements such as the city, the femme fatale, the antihero, and moral codes, the exhibition looks at cult films such as Chinatown (1974) and Brick (2005); graphic novels and comics, including Luke Cage Noir and Spider-Man Noir; children's books and games; and art and photography. Participatory gallery activities, including an opportunity to write noir narratives and try on character costumes, encourage you to reinvent noir for yourself!

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thru 03/01/2015

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Café Vienne

This immersive installation by Austrian artist Isa Rosenberger (b. 1969) transforms the Skirball's Ruby Gallery into a setting reminiscent of a Viennese café house from the early twentieth century. Café houses played a crucial role in the lives of female artists and writers as places for debate, networking, and inspiration while they were struggling for political and artistic recognition. The installation commemorates the cultural history and impact of these cafés, while encouraging visitors to engage in new, creative discussions over coffee and food provided by Zeidler's Café. 

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thru 03/08/2015

SPERTUS INSTITUTE OF JEWISH LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP Chicago, IL

Amy Reichert: Reinventing Judaica

Amy Reichert's floating Hanukkah lamps, blossoming Shabbat candleholders, pearl-laden Sabbath goblets, desert-inspired Seder plates, and ethereal mezuzot offer a thoughtful new take on traditional designs. The fifteen objects in the exhibit were selected to showcase the artist's creative process, which blends sophisticated interpretation of Jewish texts with innovative contemporary design and local artisanal craftsmanship.

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thru 01/15/2015

TEMPLE JUDEA MUSEUM - KENESETH ISRAEL Elkins Park, PA

Step Into My Studio Said the Artist to the Prophet

Art speaks for itself, but artists create the language that can articulate the ineffable. In this exhibition twenty-seven contemporary artists respond, forty years later, to Jacob Landau's massive stained glass window project, The Prophetic Quest, for the Temple Judea Museum at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA. They add their varied creative voices to a visual discussion of the prophetic quest. Some have chosen to stay within Landau's masterful tradition; others have forged a new path, seeking to broaden the conversation.

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thru 12/28/2014

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM New York, NY

Monument to A.D. Gordon, by Mimi Weinberg

Aaron David Gordon (1856 - 1922), commonly known as A. D. Gordon, an early and influential Zionist, was one of the founders of Hapoel Hatzair (The Young Worker), a group active in Palestine in the first decades of the 20th century. This sculpture, created for the YU Museum Sculpture Garden, pays tribute to Gordon by merging motifs evoking the modern agricultural process and the language of ancient structures. Integrating shapes drawn from 20th-century farming equipment with designs based on biblical-era forms, the artist celebrates the longstanding tradition of physical labor within Israeli society.

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thru 04/12/2015

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM New York, NY

Echoes of the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld

From the 1920s through the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains, within easy driving distance of New York City, were a popular vacation destination for millions of Americans, many of them Jews. Known as the Borscht Belt, the resorts of Sullivan and Ulster County combined recreational activities with nighttime entertainment - especially stand-up comedy, which was born in the region's theaters and showrooms. At its peak during the post-WW II era, the region known as the Borscht Belt sustained more than six hundred year-round hotels, as well as over a thousand bungalow colonies and summer camps. In this series of beautiful, richly textured, large-scale photographs, complemented by original memorabilia, Marisa Scheinfeld documents the dramatic degradation of some of the most famous Borscht Belt hotels: ghostly remnants of the glory years; powerful evidence of nature's claim on the resorts and their landscapes; and new uses to which the spaces have been put in recent years. Image: Coffee Shop, Grossinger's Catskill Resort and Hotel, Liberty, NY, 2011.

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04/09/2015 — 09/07/2015

MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE Beachwood, OH

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American

Organized by the National Museum of American Jewish Heritage, Chasing Dreams looks at how Jews and other minorities found their identity as Americans through Major League Baseball.

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM San Francisco, CA

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Warren Hellman (1934-2011) was an investment banker, philanthropist, musician, and music enthusiast who believed in the importance of community arts. He may now be best recognized for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (HSB), which he founded in 2001. Held annually in Golden Gate Park, the free festival draws more than 700,000 people. The exhibition centers on film footage from HSB's archive of live performances-making hundreds of hours available to the general public for the first time. Also included: resonant personal objects like Hellman's Star-of-David rhinestone studded jacket and signed banjo. Hellman was a distinctly San Franciscan iconoclast and uniquely Jewish figure.

 

 

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM San Francisco, CA

Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life: Live from The CJM!

Co-presented with Reboot, this interactive installation allows visitors to contribute their own Six-Word Memoir to a live stock ticker on view in the lobby of The CJM. Take a seat on our Arne Jacobsen swan sofa and use Twitter on your smart phone to instantly add your Six-Word Memoir to the live feed. The Reboot installation on Jewish life is based on SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoirs, a project inspired by Ernest Hemingway's legendary shortest of short stories, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." This succinct form has become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination, or simply break the ice.

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM San Francisco, CA

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art

Based on the Talmudic study principle of havruta-the study of religious texts by people in pairs-In That Case at The CJM encourages learning through fellowship for Bay Area artists, established professionals, museum staff, and the entire CJM community. Capitalizing on the unique Jewish perspective, inherent to The Museum, this program will take the practice of havruta and repurpose it for the contemporary art community. Each local artist invited to participate in In That Case will be given the opportunity of working with an established writer, scientist, thinker, or academic in a field of their choosing. The resulting collaborations will be presented in the Sala Webb Education Center. Featured artists: Lindsey White (Oct. 23), Helena Keefe (Jan. 22), and Anthony Discenza (Apr. 30).

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DERFNER JUDAICA MUSEUM AT THE HEBREW HOME AT RIVERDALE Riverdale, NY

Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum

The inaugural exhibition in the newly expanded Derfner Judaica Museum uses approximately 250 objects to explore the intersections of Jewish history and memory as they inform individual and communal identities. Among the featured objects: a silver filigree kiddush cup, ca. 1911; an early copper alloy Hanukkah lamp; from the famed Bezalel School; a set of 18th century Torah implements from Meerholz, Germany; and a velvet fish-scale embroidered matzah cover from turn-of-the-century Jerusalem.

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INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN JEWISH LIFE Jackson, MS

Of Passover and Pilgrimage: The Natchez Jewish Experience

From the first Sephardic family that settled Natchez in the late 1700s to the height of Jewish trade and business in the 1800s and the construction of the second temple in 1905, the exhibit documents the history and everyday life of Natchez's Jewish families. Extensive use of historic Henry C. Norman and BIll Aron photographs make this exhibit a fascinating cultural study. Tours are conducted year-round by appointment. Please call the Museum at (601) 362-6357.

 

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JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

More Than Just Mrs.

Through oral history interviews, photographs, and archival sources, this online exhibition explores Jewish women's organization of British Columbia. It charts the history of Hadassah/CHW, Na'amat, and National Council of Jewish Women. These very dedicated volunteers made significant contributions to the city, the province, and the world. While Hadassah/CHW and Na'amat raised funds for healthcare and education projects in Israel, National Council assisted new immigrants, children, and the elderly her in BC. Through their work, these women pushed the boundaries of so-called "women's work", playing out the ambiguities that arose in the years after the Second World War in the form of Second Wave Feminism.

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA-FIU Miami Beach, FL

Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida 1763-Present

More than 500 photos and artifacts depict the Jewish experience in Florida since the 18th century, with thematic presentations on community development, discrimination, earning a living, identity, and immigration - the acculturation process to which people of all backgrounds can relate. Personal artifacts, films, photos, timeline and contemporary art attract a universal audience and provide an engaging, up-close museum experience.

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND Baltimore, MD

The Synagogue Speaks

The Synagogue Speaks is an original multi-media exhibition in the newly-restored Lloyd Street Synagogue. The Synagogue Speaks tells the story of the landmark synagogue and the three immigrant congregations--two Jewish and one Roman Catholic--that occupied it.

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND Baltimore, MD

Voices of Lombard Street | A Century of Change in East Baltimore

The area surrounding the Jewish Museum of Maryland was the center of immigrant Jewish life in Baltimore in the early 1900s, but today only a few remnants of its Jewish past survive. This exhibition chronicles a place of constant change, where people of different backgrounds lived, worked, created community-and came together in the renowned Jewish market known as Lombard Street.

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KEHILA KEDOSHA JANINA SYNAGOGUE AND MUSEUM New York, NY

Free Ioannina 1913: 100th Anniversary Exhibit

According to the oral tradition, the Roman emperor Titus, after capturing Jerusalem in September 70 CE, was transporting many Jews to Rome as slaves when his ship
was driven by a storm onto the Albanian coast. Instead of throwing his captives into the sea, he allowed them to disembark, and they eventually made their way to the area in which loannina later was established. This exhibit marks the century since Ioannina was incorporated into the Greek state.

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MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET New York, NY

Visitor Center Exhibition

A visitor center and permanent exhibition at the Museum at Eldridge Street on New York's Lower East Side integrates Judaica, Yiddish signs, other artifacts, and interactive media displays to tell the story of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue and the immigrant community from which it emerged.

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MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE - SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Witness to Truth: A Tribute to Our Holocaust Survivors

To honor the Holocaust survivors who have volunteered their time over the past thirty years to share their painful WWII experiences at the Museum of Tolerance, the MOT engaged Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth to photograph each of these ambassadors of memory, hope and tolerance.

 

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SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Noah's Ark

Inspired by the ancient flood story, which has parallels in hundreds of cultures around the world, this multi-sensory indoor and outdoor attraction invites visitors to board a gigantic wooden ark and to play, climb, build, discover, problem-solve and collaborate alongside handcrafted, one-of-a-kind animals. An innovative, delight-filled destination for children and families of all backgrounds.

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SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

a smile, they said

See the stunning, site-specific mural a smile, they said, painted by Berlin-based artists Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger. On view beginning April 4, 2013. 

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UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM Washington, DC

A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The exhibit explores the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times. Despite countless exposures as a fraud, the myth of a Jewish world conspiracy has retained power for Nazis and others who seek to spread hatred of Jews. Technology has now made the Protocols available via the Internet; it continues to be circulated by those promoting violence, and even genocide.

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UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM Washington, DC

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

This exhibition reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques, new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany and to drive the world into a war that cost some 55 million lives, including six million Jews. It includes rare posters, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting the pivotal role of propaganda in the Nazi effort.

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