Pretexts for Collusion
If you browse through almost any of the newspapers from the thirties you come across numerous chilling instances where the British establishment, intellectuals or press editorials explain their support, sometimes cautious and qualified but often enthusiastic and laudatory, for Nazi Germany. Ten of the principal propaganda pretexts for collusion which were used during the thirties are explored in this chapter. They cast an interesting light on to the flexible and adaptable nature of elite propaganda. If such logic can be so successfully used to make a cautious British public warm to Hitler and even sympathize with the regime’s murderous purges and antisemitism, might it not also be easily used to justify just about anything today ?