Controlling Information in U.S. Occupied Germany, 1945-1949: Media Manipulation and Propaganda

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This study examines the role of the United States Military Government’s Information Control Division in reestablishing the German media during the post-world War II occupation of Germany. It investigates the actions taken by ICD to reestablish the media, the use of the German media as outlets for American propaganda, and the nature of ongoing ICD control over the German media.


“… important for contemporary German, German-American and, in a deeper sense of an American political-cultural identity, for American history….This book now supplements Hurwitz’s Die Stunde Null der deutschen Presse (The Zero Hour of the German Press) in two ways. It adds an impressive depth of archival research and breadth of secondary scholarship, which was not available to Hurwitz yet; and an exploration of the double-edged influence of the Cold War on this great democratization project.” – Diethelm Prowe

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface; Introduction
1. Prelude to Occupation: Psychological Warfare in Europe
2. Austerity, Collective Guilt, and the Truth
3. propaganda, Anti-Fascism, and the Democratization of the German media: 1946
4. Covert Anti-Communism and Media Manipulation: The Build-up during 1947
5. Vigorous Anti-Communism
6. From Pawns to Partners
7. Summary and Conclusion
Bibliography; Index

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