Propaganda can be defined as information that is biased or misleading, used to promote or publicize a particular cause or point of view. Propaganda posters were very popular in the past, used to convey the thoughts and opinions of the illustrator. The two posters at first glance, may not seem like they have anything to do with one another however the intended messages are similar. The image on the left is a German propaganda poster used by Nazis during the World War II era. The raised arm and stiff hand was a gesture used by Hitler and his followers as a sign of solidarity during the holocaust.

The Holocaust was a state sponsored tragic event in history that issued the killing of about 6 million Jewish people. The killings weren’t limited, Nazi Germany spared none men, women, and even children were amongst those who were murdered. Germans felt a sense of superiority over the Jews and saw them as a threat. The state sponsored persecution was led by Adolf Hitler, anyone who did not meet the cookie cutter blonde hair, blue eyes description was sent to concentration camps where they were tortured and then murdered.

The image on the right portrays Donald Trump’s head on the body of Rosie the Riveter, a woman whose image was used to convey the women who went to work while their husbands were away at war. The poster shows to of Trump’s famous sayings “Build a wall!” and “Make America Great Again!” While Trump hasn’t started any wars so far, and hasn’t issued any state-sponsored killings the two ideologies are very similar to those from Nazi Germany. The build the wall saying comes from Trump’s idea to build wall at the border where the United States and Mexico meet in order to prevent people crossing over from Mexico into the US.

Trump also launched a campaign titled “Make American Great Again” which was also designed to prevent undocumented immigrants to from entering into the country. It was also put in place to “rid” the United States from any undocumented immigrants who have already lived and settled in the country. He recently separated families whose parents were undocumented, the children were held in modern day concentration camps away from their families. It’s interesting to see how in a way history is repeating itself. One would think that lessons would be learned from past events rather than them being mimicked or idolized by leaders today.


Cartel de propaganda Alemán – German propaganda poster – Segunda guerra mundial – Second World War – WWII | posters and propoganda | Pinterest | History, Ww2 posters and Wwi. (n.d.). Retrieved from

‘Donald Trump Build Wall’ Poster by Coldink. (n.d.). Retrieved September 26, 2018, from

Reshaé Butler is a 23 year old senior at ODU working toward obtaining her degree in fashion merchandising in Fall 2018. She originally transferred from a private school in NOVA called Marymount University. She currently works in retail, and is using her time there to learn more about what it takes to be in visual merchandising. Reshaé has spent her entire life in the Hampton Roads area, outside of her one semester at MU and has plans to move much warmer climates soon after graduation.