Film Propaganda

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Cover letter and three excerpts from Dutch newspapers highlighting the efforts of German propaganda to influence the Dutch press.


In October 1918, Adolf Georg von Maltzan, the First Secretary of the German Embassy in The Hague succeeded in publishing an article warning against film propaganda. The article, published in Onze Courant, De Avondpost and Nieuwe Limburgsche Aankondiger, warned readers against the manipulative and falsified content of all forms of propaganda, with an emphasis on film propaganda. By the end of war, Germany had stopped using (for the most part) direct propaganda, instead opting for secondary propaganda. The latter included feature films that were neutral in content, but nevertheless tried to appeal to common Germanic roots. At the same time, German officials in the Netherlands sought to weaken the effect of Allied propaganda.