The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945

30.11.2017, Vortrag, DHI London


The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945 at the German Historical Institute, Conference Room on Thursday, 30 November 2017, at 5.30 p.m.

New archival evidence reveals the existence of a secret German–American cooperation between Associated Press (AP) and the Bureau Laux, an agency of the SS and the German Foreign Office, during the war years 1942 to 1945. With the permission of the Roosevelt administration, AP and the Bureau Laux exchanged approximately 40,000 photographs by diplomatic pouch via Lisbon and Stockholm on a daily basis until spring 1945. In Berlin, the AP photos were presented to Hitler and the highest Nazi leadership every day. They were then used by the German press for anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda. Conversely, thousands of Nazi photos received by AP New York were printed in the American and international press. This presentation sheds light on what was probably the only channel of communication between these enemies during the Second World War.

Norman Domeier is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Stuttgart, on leave until March 2018 to take up a Lise Meitner Fellowship in the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. The English edition of his Ph.D. thesis, The Eulenburg Affair: A Cultural History of Politics in the German Empire, was published in 2015. His second book / Habilitation is on ‘The Foreign Journalists in Nazi Germany, 1932–1946’.

Please check for any last minute changes on 020 7309 2050 (tel.) or visit: This lecture will be held at 5.30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, LONDON WC1A 2NJ. Tea is served from 5.00 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine is available afterwards. Guided tours of the Library take place one hour before the lecture.