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Norman Domeier
Research Fellow (03/2016 - 09/2016)

Dictatorship and the World Public. Foreign Correspondents and the ‘Third Reich’ 1932-1949

domeier normanUntil its downfall, the ‘Third Reich’ wooed, persuaded, deceived and threatened its foreign correspondents. If all means of direction, prescribed terminology and press control failed, the regime did not hesitate to isolate, imprison and expel foreign journalists. Nonetheless, they constituted a force which the National Socialist regime regarded in a modern way, from the perspective of media history, until the very end. In contrast to the public spheres of the Allies, the ‘Third Reich’: never formally introduced pre-censorship, except for radio broadcasts. Hence this research project concentrates on foreign correspondents in the ‘Third Reich’ as independent creators of and actors in media events. In doing so we should also be able to provide an answer to what has been a crucial question of the ‘Third Reich’ since at the latest 1941-42: What did foreign correspondents know about the murder of European Jews, and what did they report? The findings of this project go beyond the timeframe of the years from 1932 until 1949. The aim is to establish basic principles for contemporary history on how to deal with the relationship between dictatorships and a potentially democratic public audience – which is a pressing issue today still.


Norman Domeier is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He studied history, political science and journalism at the University of Göttingen (2000-2003) and completed his MPhil in Modern European History at Cambridge in 2004. His PhD thesis on the Eulenburg Scandal in the German Empire – defended at the European University Institute in 2009 – was awarded the 'Geisteswissenschaften International' Prize of the German Booksellers’ Association. He is currently working on a study of foreign journalists in Germany during the ‘Third Reich’.

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