Date of Degree Completion
Bachelor of Arts
Raymond A. Smith, Jr.
Radio propaganda was one of the chief weapons of psychological warfare used by the Nazis. When Hitler came to power, one of the aims of Nazi propaganda was to make his new order acceptable to the powers abroad, before preparing the ground for his expansionist moves. The new ruler of Germany regarded propaganda, rather then diplomacy, as the more suitable instrument to attain the desired end.
As a result of this new weapon in propaganda, there came many problems for the home front. How could they maintain the faith and morale of the people being submitted to this constant barrage? And after the war there was still another problem; what was to be the fate of the men behind the voices that had been heard aiding the cause of Hitler?
By analyzing the histories of three Englishmen who made broadcasts over the Nazi radio during World War II, perhaps answers can be uncovered. Two men, William Joyce and John Amery, were executed for high treason. The third, P. G. Wodehouse, was never brought to trial.
Roberts, Mary M., "Treason and Talking: Three Wartime Broadcasters" (1975). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 42.