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"Prisoners of War Used for Propaganda" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following WWII report on prisoners of war used for propaganda purposes by the Germans appeared in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 26, June 3, 1943.

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According to a captured South African recently released by the Germans, PWs are invited to speak over the German radio. It is thought that involuntary recordings of interviews with PWs have been made for propaganda purposes. A member of a German propaganda company circulates among the PWs asking them to repeat their name and rank and state how they have been treated. The propagandist has been observed to carry a mysterious little box, and it is believed that he recorded the answers by pressing a button on the box. The result in many cases provided a continuous broadcast of short interviews, featured by the German radio.


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