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Why does this London Underground poster from 1924 have a Star of David atop a Christmas tree?

The hexagram is not an exclusively Jewish symbol. For that matter, the Star of David as a symbol of Judaism (as opposed to a symbol used by Jews) is far newer than people realize, dating only to 1897 ...
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Did Joseph Goebbels really say this about German opposition in 1933?

No, most probably not. On that day Goebbels was silent in public, and the entire text looks made up. Proving a negative is very difficult, and currently this 'funny propaganda meme' lacks an accurate ...
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Did the Soviet Union or its satellite states have any broadcast propaganda media for an international audience?

Yes. Ample supply. At least for print and radio. Newspapers and magazines Not really 'broadcast medium', but mentioned in the question: Many versions printed directly under the auspices of a communist ...
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When did the hypocrisy to call a dictatorship "free, democratic, republic etc." start?

It started at least with the rule of Gaius Octavius, a.k.a. Augustus. He was a dictator (Imperator) but Rome was continued to be called republic, consuls and Senate continued to be "elected". But the ...
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When did the hypocrisy to call a dictatorship "free, democratic, republic etc." start?

The names People's Republic (more common), Democratic Republic or Democratic People's Republic come from Marxist-Leninist ideology. The idea is that socialist states (they never claimed to have fully ...
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Why did Joseph Goebbels allow an all-Jewish Orchestra to exist and perform in Berlin from 1938 to 1941?

The short answer is that the orchestra served as a useful propaganda tool both at home and abroad, helped the Nazi regime achieve their initial goal of seperating Jews from German society and culture, ...
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What access did people in the Warsaw pact countries have to Western television and radio?

It varied from country to country. Deep inside the Soviet Union they could not watch Western TV and the only access was shortwave broadcasts. You could easily listen short-wave broadcasts in European ...
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Did the Soviet Union or its satellite states have any broadcast propaganda media for an international audience?

Let me add to the previous answer some Soviet media outlets. Soviet Union, a journal published in 18 languages. It had a supplement called "Sports in the USSR". Moscow news - a newspaper ...
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When did the hypocrisy to call a dictatorship "free, democratic, republic etc." start?

The term people's republic was coined by the loyalist side in the Spanish civil war. It was intended to suggest a republic which would guarantee the welfare of all its citizens; their economic rights ...
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How did Nazi Germany justify the attempted invasion of Britain?

You only need a public justification to start a war. Or to continue a war after the other side offers a peace deal. Nazi Germany had not (directly) started the war with Britain. Britain had declared ...
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How did Nazi Germany justify the attempted invasion of Britain?

The war with Great Britain was justified because when Hitler invaded Poland, Great Britain declared war. The invasion of Poland itself was justified by the "provocation" at Dantzig. For ...
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What access did people in the Warsaw pact countries have to Western television and radio?

People in the German Democratic Republic could and did receive TV from the Federal Republic of Germany. Terrestrial reception of TV was limited in some parts of the GDR, notably the Dresden area. In ...
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Who was the first to accuse enemy troops of impaling babies, cutting fetuses from women's bellies, etc.?

There are a number of Biblical (Old Testament, so over 2000 years ago) mentions of such things, for instance Hosea 13:16, 2 Kings 15:16, Joshua 6:20-21, 1 Samuel 15:3, Psalms 137:8-9... The ...
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Is Snyder's claim about Soviet-German friendship propaganda posters (1939‒41) supportible?

and began to publish Nazi speeches. Evidently "publish Nazi speeches" is different from just quoting Hitler or any other piece of Nazi propaganda. Definitely Hitler's speeches were not available in ...
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In which East European country in the 1980s did people put their TVs in front of windows and turn them facing outside?

At last I found the answer to my question. The country is Poland, the city is Gdansk and the year is 1981. In Gdansk, there were the black TV screens. People there began moving their television sets ...
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When did the German people learn that they had a large, powerful military, in violation of the Versailles Treaty?

If people were paying attention, March 1929 when Die Weltbühne published an account of secret German rearmament. If they weren't, rearmament was officially revealed in a speech by Hitler on March 16, ...
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Did the Soviet Union or its satellite states have any broadcast propaganda media for an international audience?

@LangLangC's answer mentioned This gets even more interesting when one would look at the propaganda against each each other between Soviet Union and China but did not go into details. There is ...
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When was the White Feather first used as a symbol of cowardice?

I've found several articles state that the OED dates the first usage of the term "white feather" as a symbol for cowardice to 1795. A representative example is White Feathers : Stories of Courage, ...
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Why did Joseph Goebbels allow an all-Jewish Orchestra to exist and perform in Berlin from 1938 to 1941?

Before the decision to kill all the Jews they could reach, the Nazi regime was interested in extracting as much as possible from Jewish-owned assets. It maintained a thin façade of legality, so simply ...
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At which point in time did the majority of German population become aware of the Holocaust?

In addition to the other excellent answers, I would like to mention the Posen Conference of October 6, 1943. Its express purpose was to make sure that the Nazi leadership (Reichleiters and Gauleiters) ...
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Was oratory was considered Hitler's fundamental political strength by his contemporaneous friends and foes?

Goebbles wasn't the only one admiring Hitler for his rhetorical talent. Shortly after the Grande War he participated in anti-Bolshevik courses ("antibolschewistischen Aufklärungskursen") in Munich. ...
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Who made this Sino-Soviet Propaganda Poster?

Soviet Union supported the Chinese Communist Party during the Chinese Civil War, so since the Mao Zedong's rise to power in 1949 to Sino-Soviet split in the 1960s Sino-soveit relations were quite good....
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Did the USSR use trotskyism as a bogeyman in the post Stalin period?

Yes, Trotsky and Trotskysm was always strongly condemned and criticized in Soviet Union while Soviet Union existed. The history of Communist party was a mandatory subject on all levels of education, ...
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Did imperialist propaganda inflate map size?

There are a number of possibilities here, though none fully meet your criteria. Aside from the Mercator distortion mentioned by SJuan76 in his comment, you may be thinking of the McDonald Gill ...
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Is there an example of a civil rights movement supporter with a record of being against it?

Senator, and later President Lyndon Baines Johnson was such a person, as described in "Means of Ascent." A staunch segregationist when he was young, he became the Vice-President of John F. Kennedy, ...
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In the USSR, did they ever stop 'officially' believing in the future Communist utopia?

In the last 20 or so years of USSR Communism was the mandatory official propaganda that not many people believed in, but many people had to publicly affirm the belief, and nobody could openly express ...
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