War propaganda – some true, some exaggerated, some distorted, some invented – on both sides of the trenches.
For more than thirty years, historians have been aware of once-secret memoranda by senior British intelligence official Victor Cavendish-Bentinck in which he casts doubt on the alleged use of homicidal gas chambers by National Socialist Germany. A broader range of British documents tells us more about the role of British propaganda regarding homicidal gassing claims: Britain’s Political Warfare Executive and its predecessor first deployed stories of homicidal gassing as part of propaganda efforts in two areas unconnected to treatment of Jews. Their objective was to spread dissension and demoralization among German soldiers and civilians, and among Germany’s allies. Partly because they knew of these earlier propagandist initiatives, some British intelligence officials disbelieved later stories about homicidal gas chambers.
Richard Edmonds explains how wartime propaganda lies and secret Allied torture centres have been exposed.
In October 2017 CODOH ran the story “Anne Frank, a Cold Case” about former FBI Agent Vincent Pankoke. Mr. Pankoke has set up a website and is trying to raise $5,000,000 to “crack the case of Anne Frank,” specifically trying to identify who was behind “the betrayal that led to her death in a concentration camp.”
The Anne Frank House announced that two pages of text covered up with gummed paper in the first diary of Anne Frank had been made legible thanks to new technology.