When BBC’s German language service began in 1938, the policy that seemed to hold the most promise was to tell the unvarnished truth, according to research reported in the Guardian recently.
In practice, telling the truth would mean that British defeats in battle would be reported accurately throughout the war, without exaggeration, says Dr Vike Martina Plock of the department of English at Exeter University.
Plock discovered BBC memos at the archive center in Caversham Park, Reading. “It is fascinating to see how the BBC provided the German public with accurate information during the war and thereby began to re-educate individuals who had been living, willingly or unwillingly, with 12 years of Nazi propaganda,” she told the Guardian. Continue reading