Wednesday, June 22, 2016

P. G. Wodehouse in Germany

Those who admire P. G. Wodehouse, which should be about everyone, may be interested in an article I recently published in Plum Lines: The Quarterly Journal of The Wodehouse Society, Summer 2016.

Wodehouse’s books were published by the Tauchnitz Verlag, which had a long history of issuing English editions of British and American authors for Continental readers.  They published many of Wodehouse’s novels, including some that included brief, but critical mentions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

It turns out that Tauchnitz simply cut awkward passages.  The article looks at what disappeared in the editions published in Germany.  If you are interested and aren’t a member of The Wodehouse Society, drop me a note and I can provide a copy.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

More Information Bulletins for Nazi Speakers

Goebbels was only the top of the Nazi propaganda apparatus.  It extended down to every corner of the country.  Speakers were a major part of the system.  They could be mobilized on short notice, and could be a little more open about some issues than the press.

They needed to be informed, and the party’s Reichspropagandaleitung put out a variety of publications to assist speakers.  The one I find most interesting is the Redner-Schnellinformation (Speaker Express Information) which provided them with material they were expected to put to immediate use.  Although the material had nothing all that confidential (despite the claims that it was “strictly confidential”), it provides a window into the specific content of Nazi propaganda at various times.

The first issue I’ve seen is from September 1941, although since that is #19 there were numerous earlier issues. The last issue I’ve seen is from February 1944. 

Today I’m adding six new issues, including interesting ones on the Russian murder of thousands of Polish officers at Katyn, training sessions for party members, and the loss of Sicily.

I have now translated all the issues I have access to (with two exceptions that I think of less interest).  Should you know of others I’ve not yet found, please let me know.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two New Early Goebbels Articles

I’ve added two more articles by Goebbels from Der Angriff. The first is a 19928 article titled “Why Do We Oppose the Jews?” The second (also 1928), titled “When Hitler Speaks,” is another example of Goebbels’s attempt to present Hitler as a superhuman figure.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


One of the less pleasant aspects of my work is plagiarism.  Any number of people, often neo-Nazis, plagiarize my material.

An interesting recent example is Ostara Publications, a scurulous Britsh outfit that has stolen a lot of my material, offering it in various publications available on, among other places.

When I wrote them asking to “cease and desist,” I got the following fascinating responses:

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email.

We are unaware of which website to which you refer, but whatever it may be, please be assured that we have taken nothing from it and used our own paid-for translators in Germany.

Kind regards
Richard Williams
Senior Editor

When I responded that is was highly improbably that their “paid for’ translator in Germany would translate things exactly as I did, I got this response:

Dear Sir,

Thank you for the quick response.

We must however confirm that all our Third Reich-era translated works -- which, we point out, are far more extensive than the two items you mention -- have been acquired and prepared by ourselves, and that nothing has been taken from your website.

For example, we note, upon looking at your website, that our translation of the series of "Unser Hitler" speeches contains all the texts, whereas your website's collection is incomplete.

You will therefore appreciate that we cannot remove our legitimate work from sale.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Williams
Senior Editor
I pointed out that the missing speech in my translations of Goebbels’s “Unser Hitler” speeches was in fact published in one of my books.  I have yet to receive a response.

What is astonishing is the sheer idiocy of the claim that their supposed translator in Germany would translate things in exactly the way I did.

Well, I’ll post more as things develop.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A 1932 Nazi Pamphlet

I particularly like to add ephermera to the site, items that may have had mass distribution at the time but have largely disappeared.

Today I’m adding a pamphlet from the first round of the 1932 German presidential election, titled Adolf Hitler: German Worker and Front Soldier.  It was issued by the party’s propaganda office in Munich and surely had an enormous distribution.

It gives a brief biography and attempts to demonstrate Hitler’s leadership by a variety of examples. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gauleiter Eigruber's Final Appeals (April 1945)

Those marvelous Austrians in charge of ANNO who are putting the full runs of newspapers on-line have just gotten to adding 1945.  That gives me the chance to add the four  final speeches by Gauleiter Eigruber, the first a speech on 10 April 1945, then on  15 April 1945, then on 20 April 1945, and finally an appeal on about  26 April 1945.  They urge people to hold out until the end. They didn’t have to wait long for that end to come.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Lot of New Material on the Nazi Speaker System

I have a particular interest in the lower levels of the Nazi propaganda system.  A significant part of that was the speaker corp that delivered the Nazi message to people throughout Germany.  These speakers needed to be informed  — and kept from saying the wrong things.

Today I’m adding a dozen or so editions of the Redner-Schnellinformation, an irregular publication for speakers. Some are from the beginning of the crisis on the Eastern Front.  Others deal with how to treat foreign leaders, how to present Rommel’s victories in Africa, or what to say to women.

This material was done in haste, often in response to immediate events.  Mistakes sometimes occur.  For example, in #24 (4 January 1942) speakers are instructed:
We have a political interest in distinguishing clearly and intentionally that part of the American continent, namely North America, that is waging war against us from the other countries of the American continent. Avoid, therefore, speaking of America as the enemy, but rather always heed the fact that our enemy is not all of America, but rather onlyNorth America or the United States of North America, or the USA. Speakers should be sure to clearly distinguish these terms.

Issue #26 (21 February 1942) followed these instructions.  However, they were forgotten by issue #28 (14 March 1942), in which there is this passage:
Given the continuing attempts through using reports of German losses in the East, through lying reports of vast armaments capacity in America, through political agitation in the occupied territories and in the neutral world, etc., they try to create the impression that they have not been affected by the results of the war and that we have no chance of final victory. 
I also added two essays by Joseph Goebbels from Das Reich that speakers were instructed to use as the basis of their speeches: “What is Sacrifice” and “A Word to All.”