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Polish Jews in the Visual Reporting of the Propaganda Companies

Daniel Uziel


This paper will look at the way the Propaganda Companies of the Wehrmacht shot antisemitic visual material in occupied Poland which was used by the German media from 1939 until 1941. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939 the Propaganda Companies covered not only purely military events, but also civilian aspects related to the occupation of the country. From early on, these reports also included antisemitic films and photos of Jews in different cities, towns and ghettos. Illustrated press reports and newsreels based on these reports reflected not only the pre-war antisemitic arguments, but also several new ones placed within the context of the war. Furthermore, these propaganda products were adjusted to the dynamically changing propaganda environment. In the next couple of years the Propaganda Companies’ reporters continued to deliver similar materials, which were used in the press, in films of different genres and in other publications. These publications contributed to several German propaganda drives, in which antisemitism was either a central theme, or supported another central propagandist theme.

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