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Hans Renders

Pseudo-Propagandistic Magazines on the Place of Fracture between War and Peace

Le Temps des médias n°4, printemps 2005, p.63-76

Just as writers can hide behind a pen-name, periodicals can conceal their true meanings and intentions. The author’s intended messages are concealed behind a superficial layer of meaning, visible on first reading, with which it is in complete contradiction. Like propaganda, pseudo-propaganda works best when it is not recognised as what it is, but pseudo-propaganda pushes the art of subtle manipulation further: the enemy’s propaganda becomes the resistance’s mouthpiece, broadcasting its subversive messages. This article studies the pseudo-propagandistic magazines published in the occupied Netherlands during World War II, magazines that are excellent examples of this phenomena. It investigates “Resistance papers”, publications initially set-up by the Nazis, that inconspicuously mocked the Dutch resistance, a goal apparently shared by a number of literary-political magazines, and which poked fun at the Nazis occupiers and the “good Dutch”. DrapeauFrancais

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