Monday, May 14, 2007
Hamas uses Mickey Mouse
As most readers of this blog will already know, Hamas has continued to use
Mickey Mouse look alike as a means of inculcating hatred of Israel among Palestinian youth. Though I am loath to make comparisons between contemporary acts of antisemitism and the Holocaust, I will make a limited comparison here. This reminds me of the propaganda techniques of Josef Goebbels, Julius Streicher and other leading Nazis.
Germany published all sorts of children's literature designed to inculcate hatred of Jews. Some of this was published quite early in the history of the Third Reich. So if you do the math, a child who was ten or eleven in 1936 was old enough to be among those involved in murdering Jews and others seven years -- or less -- later.
For a more detailed analysis of propaganda and children in the Third Reich see Mary Mills essay
One of the most famous was the Poison Mushroom [Der Giftpilz] published in 1938. I often wonder how a young German who was raised on this kind of stuff managed to eradicate these feelings after the war.
For a powerful collection of this kind of propaganda see the Calvin website. maintained by Professor Randall Bytwerk. It is a excellent educational tool.