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A cynical memo from British Ministry of Information

Postby Reviso » 7 years 8 months ago (Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:07 am)

the British Ministry of Information circulated a memo to the British Clergy and the BBC on February 29,1944, which stated :
“We know how the Red Army behaved in Poland in 1920 and in Finland, Es-tonia, Latvia, Galicia and Bessarabia only recently.We must, therefore, take into account how the Red Army will certainly be-have when it overruns Central Europe. […] Experience has shown that the best distraction is atrocity propaganda di-rected against the enemy. Unfortunately the public is no longer so suscepti-ble as in the days of the ‘Corpse Factory,’ and the ‘Mutilated Belgian Babies,’ and the ‘Crucified Canadians.’ Your cooperation is therefore earnestly sought to distract public attention from the doings of the Red Army by your wholehearted support of variouscharges against the Germans and Japanese which have been and will be put into circulation by the Ministry.”


(G. Rudolf, Lectures on the Holocaust, 2d ed., 2010, p. 88, who refers to Rozek, Edward J., Allied Wartime Diplomacy, John Wiley & Sons, New York 1958, p. 209f.)

Do you know if Rozek gives a source ? Thanks beforehand.
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Re: A cynical memo from British Ministry of Information

Postby TheBlackRabbitofInlé » 7 years 8 months ago (Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:08 pm)

Reviso wrote:
the British Ministry of Information circulated a memo to the British Clergy and the BBC on February 29,1944, which stated :
“We know how the Red Army behaved in Poland in 1920 and in Finland, Es-tonia, Latvia, Galicia and Bessarabia only recently.We must, therefore, take into account how the Red Army will certainly be-have when it overruns Central Europe. […] Experience has shown that the best distraction is atrocity propaganda di-rected against the enemy. Unfortunately the public is no longer so suscepti-ble as in the days of the ‘Corpse Factory,’ and the ‘Mutilated Belgian Babies,’ and the ‘Crucified Canadians.’ Your cooperation is therefore earnestly sought to distract public attention from the doings of the Red Army by your wholehearted support of variouscharges against the Germans and Japanese which have been and will be put into circulation by the Ministry.”


(G. Rudolf, Lectures on the Holocaust, 2d ed., 2010, p. 88, who refers to Rozek, Edward J., Allied Wartime Diplomacy, John Wiley & Sons, New York 1958, p. 209f.)

Do you know if Rozek gives a source ? Thanks beforehand.
Reviso


Yes, Rozek cites:

Poland, Official Government Documents, Volume LVI, Document 78.

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Re: A cynical memo from British Ministry of Information

Postby Reviso » 7 years 8 months ago (Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:42 am)

Thank you very much !
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Re: A cynical memo from British Ministry of Information

Postby Reviso » 7 years 8 months ago (Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:16 am)

Well, I would be cautious with this piece. I don't suspect Rozek's honesty and ability, but such cynical acknowledgements are often forgeries. This piece was very compromising, there was a risk that bishops or journalists would be indignant. The sentence "Unfortunately the public is no longer so susceptible as in the days of the 'Corpse Factory', the 'Mutilated Belgian Babies,' and the 'Crucified Canadians'" is a refinement of cynism that a British governmental propagandist with a little bit of intelligence had surely found counterproductive. The mention of the Prime Minister seems intended to blacken the image of Churchill. Reminding that Churchill knew very well that Bolsheviks were criminals is natural from somebody who whishes to criticize Churchill, not from a British governmental propagandist. From Google searches, I got the impression that the alleged author of the memo, a H. Hewet, is entirely unknown. So, we cannot check if he was living when the documents of the Polish Government and Rozek's book were published. Is it likely that a memo sent to the higher British clergy was signed by an underling ? If I understand it correctly, Rozek's source is a publication of the Polish Government in exile. Was the Polish Government in exile well placed to be sure of the authenticity of the memo ? Isn't it possible that the grudge of the Polish Government in exile against Churchill ("Western betrayal") made them too prone to accept as authentic a document that incriminated the British Government ?
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