Spreading the Word: 'Enemy Aliens' Contribute to British Wartime Propaganda Operation

Spreading the Word: 'Enemy Aliens' Contribute to British Wartime Propaganda Operation
9 February 2022, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Speaker: Charmian Brinson (Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, IMLR)

The significant contribution made by ‘enemy aliens’ to British wartime propaganda has until now remained largely unacknowledged. But in fact, German-speaking refugees were involved in virtually every aspect of this operation. Propaganda was targeted at audiences both at home and abroad, by various government departments and other organisations, such as the Ministry of Information, the intelligence services (SOE and PWE), and the BBC. Refugee artists, writers, journalists, broadcasters, actors, academics, scientists and politicians, among others, were all drawn into different aspects of the British propaganda mill and were engaged in the production of both 'white' (overt) and 'black' (covert) materials.

Charmian Brinson is Emeritus Professor of German at Imperial College London and a founder member of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR. She has published and lectured extensively on the exile in Britain of refugees from Nazi oppression, 1933-1950, particularly on political exile and women in exile. Her most recent book, with Richard Dove, is Working for the War Effort: German-speaking Refugees in British Propaganda during the Second World War (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2021).

This seminar will be held online via Zoom. Attendance free; advance online registration essential. Booking closes 8 February 2022


Jane Lewin
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