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Archive for the category “Propaganda”

An artist in the dark art of propaganda

File:The Arrest of William Joyce ('lord Haw Haw') in Germany, May 1945 BU6911.jpg

This is photograph BU 6911 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

William JOYCE (Lord Haw-Haw) broadcaster (of fascist propaganda) born New York 1906 to unionist, Irish parents, grew up in Galway and executed in Wandsworth prison, London SW18 in 1946. With his wife Margaret, he left for Germany just before the outbreak of World War Two where they enjoyed an ‘interesting’ relationship. Announced with his droning of “Germany calling, Germany calling…” Joyce’s broadcasts were tuned into by millions of people.

The verdict of treason that led to his execution was controversial in that he lied to get the British passport he held and not being a legal British citizen could not have be guilty of treason against Britain – had his passport expired he would probably have escaped hanging.

The life of William Joyce contrasted with that of Brendan Bracken, previous entrant here, this contrast was the subject of Double Cross a play by Thomas Kilroy.

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