REPORTING ON HITLER: Rothay Reynolds and the British Press

REPORTING ON HITLER: Rothay Reynolds and the British Press

WILL WAINEWRIGHT    Book Number: 86418    Product format: Hardback

Allegedly the only person capable of holding Hitler's intense gaze, Rothay Reynolds was a leading foreign correspondent between the wars, running the Daily Mail's Berlin bureau throughout the 1920s and 30s. In October 1923 Reynolds travelled to Munich to interview the future Pope Pius XII. Finding himself with a little time on his hands he decided to pay a visit to the offices of the Volkisher Beobachter newspaper, mouthpiece of the National Socialist movement, which was edited by its leader "a hothead of whom people were talking" - one Adolf Hitler. Unknown to him this was just days before the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler's botched attempt to seize power which saw him arrested and imprisoned, yet Reynold's account of the meeting and trial makes chilling reading, concluding "...Adolf Hitler, a political adventurer and demagogue of the worst sort." As the Nazis grew in strength and took power, even as the awful realities of the Third Reich's intentions began to be revealed, the Daily Mail continued to support the Nazi regime and Reynolds's time as chief Foreign Correspondent provides some startling insights into the muzzling of the press prior to WWII as journalists trod an uneasy path between their employers' politics and journalistic integrity. This was to get much worse as war approached, as correspondents reporting on some of the last century's most momentous events did so in the face of outrageous propaganda, brazen censorship and the threat of expulsion or much worse if they did not toe the Fuhrer's line. This compelling study of the career of Reynolds ends up being much more, a fascinating group study of the highly conflicted British press corps during the Third Reich. 328pp with b/w photos.
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