U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: State of Deception

The Overview:
Flash-based activities and timelines fill this companion website to the “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Site:
Propaganda was a weapon wielded by the Nazis to promote their political and cultural agendas in 1930s and 1940s Germany.  The policies permeated all aspects of German life—from the indoctrination of youth, to the control of the press and political rallies.  Online educational activities, using archival images, actual historical objects, and interviews with survivors, allow users to gain an understanding of how these policies were effective.

A fluidly designed interface for the comprehensive timeline recounts propaganda-related events in Germany.  The artifacts gallery allows users to easily customize search parameters and seamlessly drill into hi-resolution images and archival videos, with descriptive text for each item.

"Instead of presenting the exhibition in précis, the Web site is a further exploration of themes. It invites interaction with select content enabling visitors to explore the subject, its legacy and its implications in today's world."  Communications Arts Webpick of the Week, May 29, 2009.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2009

Nominee, Webby Award for Best Institutional Website, 2009