Lord Haw-Haw | The Nazi broadcaster who threatened Britain
Document Type | Letter
26 December 1939
Frederick Ogilvie addresses the growing concerns about Lord Haw-Haw's propaganda. He reassures Sir Campbell Stuart that efforts are being made by the BBC to counter it, mainly through the wit and intelligence of Variety, Talks and Drama shows. Significantly, he stresses that the BBC's method of boosting morale is a highly effective weapon against Haw-Haw, and resists calls for direct sparring. He goes on to provide reasons for this, and holds up the BBC's news transmissions as representing a standard for truth that should not be compromised.
By December 1939, certain Variety, Talks and Drama shows had been reintroduced to boost morale. At the end of October that year, the ever popular 'Children's Hour' had also re-established itself, albeit with more carefully controlled content. Since these were programmes to entertain children, care was taken to avoid fuelling hatred of the Nazis by steering clear of direct references to the war.
Nazi propaganda about the sinking of the Graf Spee.
'Germany does not intend to attack the Balkans.'
How the BBC kept watch on propaganda.
Lord Haw-Haw mocks Winston Churchill.
Lord Haw-Haw mocks British fear of German bombs.
'British and French plans to lay mines in Norwegian waters are brutal.'
Propaganda supporting Germany's invasion of Denmark and Norway.
Broadcasting to Germany during the war.
The final propagandist recording by Lord Haw-Haw before Germany surrendered.
A BBC report from the High Court on an appeal.
Felix Felton describes an exiled, wartime BBC.
A German propagandist is interviewed on his colleague, Lord Haw-Haw.
Lord Haw-Haw and German propaganda broadcasts during World War II.
Fellow propaganda broadcasters recall working with William Joyce.
An interview with Lord Haw-Haw's daughter.
A memo outlines the decrease in listeners to BBC radio.
Action must be taken against Lord Haw-Haw.
Oliver Baldwin writes to a senior British diplomat about the Haw-Haw problem.
The BBC's Director-General writes to the government's Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries.
Who is listening to Hamburg propaganda and when?
A BBC Director-General disagrees with his predecessor.
Lord Haw-Haw is a risk to military morale.
The Ministry of Information's policy on British propaganda.
An enquiry about one of Cadbury's chocolate factories.
Fry's chocolate factory is not about to be bombed.
Haw-Haw rumours are spreading across Britain.
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