- Making the rounds on FB, this poster supposedly shows Europeans fleeing to North Africa to escape WW II.
- In reality, the photo is of Europeans (from Albania) seeking refuge elsewhere in Europe in 1991.
- A simple Google search confirms the story.
Re-using historical photos and asserting the photo shows something other than what the photo actually shows is extremely common on social media.
This propaganda method works because most people have no familiarity with the photos being used and, typical of propaganda, the claims being made “sound plausible”. For this particular topic, there is also the use of “virtue signaling” with the quote “Save a refugee. Save a life.”, therefore, the person who posted this is signaling that he or she is a good person of good character. And since the poster is a “good person”, the poster must be true!
The goal of this propaganda poster is to support the acceptance of those said to be refugees from the middle east and north Africa.
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These aren’t Syrians; they are Europeans trying to get to North Africa during the last world war…So, next time you think of closing borders you might want to check with your grandparents..”