Signal. Sonderausgabe der
Berliner Illustrirten Zeitung.
Deutscher Verlag Berlin,
1940 – 1945.





Documents & Research




Propaganda from Signal

This section will feature various reports and articles from Signal, along with explanatory commentary, to highlight the propagandistic topics and intentions of the magazine.

Why Germany and Russia? Lessons of History
Published in issue 4/41, this article stems from the short-lived period of the Hitler-Stalin pact. Signal attempted to explain and justify the German-Russian alliance by resorting to historical considerations, highlighting the "traditional friendship" between the two states that would have been repeatedly disturbed and even destroyed by Britain. The article is concluded with the following statement: "In history, whenever France went to war against England, or Japan against Russia, one country was always victorious and the other lost. When Germany and Russia clashed in mortal combat, both countries lost. The year 1939 proved that this lesson was not in vain." Hitler invaded Russia just about four months later.

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