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How stickers are used for propaganda

Practically every kid has collected stickers at some point. But they aren't just fun and games. An exhibition in the German Historical Museum in Berlin shows how stickers have been used for political purposes.

They already enjoyed a high degree of popularity in times of the German Empire: adhesive labels, nowadays called stickers. They're simple to produce and distribute, and they've been used to popularize particular worldviews.

That's why the Nazis, among others, used them for propaganda purposes. Stickers continue to be used for spreading political messages today. In the exhibition "Sticky messages - Anti-Semitic and Racist Stickers from 1880 to the Present," the German Historical Museum in Berlin scrutinizes these adhesive labels.

The exhibits mostly come from the private collection of Wolfgang Haney. Born in Berlin in 1924, he has collected artifacts from theNazi era throughout his life. In light of the current refugee crisis, they show frightening parallels between present times and the era from 1933 to 1945.

The exhibition is on show in the German Historical Museum in Berlin from April 20 through July 31, 2016.

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