Fact check: Poster was once sold at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Posted By on November 23, 2022

The claim: An "EarlyWarningSignsOfFascism"sign is from the U.S. Holocaust Museum

Celebrities including P!nkand Julianne Moorehave shared a post on Instagram that reads, This is from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Each early warning sign is here in present-day America. It includes a photo of a poster entitled EarlyWarning SignsOfFascism. The 14stated warning signs include rampant sexism, controlled mass media and fraudulent elections.

Laurence W. Britt, a writer and commentator on politics, history and economics, contributed an article to the bimonthly journal Free Inquiry in the spring of 2003. The op-ed entitled Fascism Anyone? contains 14 common threads between the seven regimes Britt analyzed, including Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

Britt said that Syracuse Cultural Workers Publisher of Peace and Justice Products since 1982, according to itswebsite produced a poster with his words with his permission.

Many other posters and paraphernalia with the Fascism theme have by (been) pirated by other producers, Britt wrote in an email. Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry, accepted Britts piece in the early 2000s.

I never received more reprint requests for any single article than I did for Britt's Fascism, Anyone? Further, I never stumbled upon more republications without permission than I did for this piece, Flynn said.

Raymund Flandez, communications officer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, recognized the poster shared on social media.

The poster was previously for sale in the Museum Shop but was never part of an exhibition or display, Flandez said.

Flynn said that within the last two years, acquaintances sent him photos of the poster on sale at the now-defunct Newseum and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The claim in the Instagram post about the poster's ties to the Holocaust Memorial Museum is MISSING CONTEXT, based on our research. While a poster with the Early WarningSignsOfFascism was indeed previously sold in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Shop, it did not originate from the museum and was not part of any exhibition or display. Britt wrote the words in a 2003 article in Free Inquiry, which Syracuse Cultural Workers reprinted and sold with his permission.

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Fact check: Poster was once sold at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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