Research

Knowing the Nazis, Inside and Out: Anti-Fascist Publishing in Austria, Germany and Britain, 1927-40

Eighty years after the outbreak of WW2, the British public is well informed about Hitler’s rise and fall. This history forms a key part of GCSE and A-Level syllabi, and is still a popular media topic. Less well documented are those Germans and Austrians who actively resisted the rise of National Socialism, both at home and from positions of exile. My project focuses on five refugees who spread anti-fascist messages through the British media, based on their personal experiences of the Nazi Regime. These examples of Anglo-German co-operation against fascism are explored against the murkier backdrop of British politics in this period, where British Fascism was a more powerful force than is usually recognised.

This three-year project is generously funded by the British Academy and Wolfson Foundation.