Journalists in danger
The Nazis managed to take control of press and radio within a very short space of time. Even before the Schriftleitergesetz (Editor’s Law) was passed, journalists had become public servants who were dependent on the goodwill of the Nazi regime if they wanted to stay out of danger. Only those who refrained from criticizing the politics of the regime and who had an “Aryan certificate” proving they fulfilled racial requirements were able to continue working. Everyone else was banned from the profession.
However, some media professionals still got involved in the resistance – both in Germany and in occupied countries. In this special series, we want to introduce you to a few of them – and also look at places where journalists are still being persecuted today.