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Event Date: 30th Nov 2017 | 17:30
Public Lecture: The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945
Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute
Norman Domeier (Stuttgart)
The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945
GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
New archival evidence reveals the existence of a secret German–American cooperation between Associated Press (AP) and the Bureau Laux, an agency of the SS and the German Foreign Office, during the war years 1942 to 1945. With the permission of the Roosevelt administration, AP and the Bureau Laux exchanged approximately 40,000 photographs by diplomatic pouch via Lisbon and Stockholm on a daily basis until spring 1945. In Berlin, the AP photos were presented to Hitler and the highest Nazi leadership every day. They were then used by the German press for anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda. Conversely, thousands of Nazi photos received by AP New York were printed in the American and international press. This presentation sheds light on what was probably the only channel of communication between these enemies during the Second World War.
Norman Domeier is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Stuttgart, on leave until March 2018 to take up a Lise Meitner Fellowship in the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. The English edition of his Ph.D. thesis, The Eulenburg Affair: A Cultural History of Politics in the German Empire, was published in 2015. His second book / Habilitation is on ‘The Foreign Journalists in Nazi Germany, 1932–1946’.