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Design in the Third Reich: An exhibition in Den Bosch

How did the Nazis use design for their propaganda and for the atrocities they committed? How were designers in Germany able to work between 1933 and 1945? These and many other questions have been the subject of numerous international publications. Now, the Dutch design museum Den Bosch has announced plans to open the world’s first exhibition on the topic of Nazi design – a daring and controversial move which has met with strong criticism. The occupation of the Netherlands by the German Wehrmacht in May of 1940 is still very much present in the country’s collective memory. Nevertheless, the organisers of the project are standing by their decision – they want their exhibition, Design in the Third Reich, to serve as a clear demonstration of how design can be used in propaganda to manipulate people. The exhibition will feature numerous exhibits from Dutch and German museums. Accompanied by an extensive supporting programme, it will be open to the public from 14 September 2019 to 20 January 2020.

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