Archives On The Air 66: Anti-Fascist Radio—Herbert Luft Papers

Sep 20, 2018

Herbert Luft was a German journalist. In 1938, Luft and his wife Pepi were in the Dachau concentration camp for six months. They fled to the US before World War II began in 1939.

In the U.S., the Lufts worked for the Office of War Information. Herbert wrote allied propaganda scripts and Pepi read them over the radio.

Here is an excerpt that was broadcast across Germany via shortwave radio in 1942:

“German women. Even today, the American public admires your ability, fully realizing your sacrifice and suffering. But your heroism is senseless and in vain, helping only a gang of criminals who won’t stop the killing.

“Hardly a person here in America can understand that the nation of Luther, Beethoven and Goethe, gives up themselves without resistance into the hands of a gang of common murderers.”

The Herbert Luft papers available at UW’s American Heritage Center contain some of the allied propaganda scripts he wrote.