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Exhibit examines how Nazis used Rembrandt for propaganda campaigns

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AMSTERDAM - During the occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 to1945, the Nazis used the life and art of 17th century painter Rembrandt van Rijn for Aryan propaganda. One of the many exhibits during the Rembrandt 400 Year highlights this little-known aspect of Rembrandt’s ‘heritage.’ From books to stamps, from flyers to theatrical films, Rembrandt was promoted as the new symbol of national culture, as seen through the eyes of the Nazis. A Nazi ‘biographical’ film was partially shot in Dutch studios in 1942. The exhibit runs in the Resistance Museum Amsterdam.