The Czechoslovak Service of the BBC and the Jews during World War II in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 38:2

Jan Láníček


The Czechoslovak Service of the BBC and the Jews during World War II

Láníček’s article analyses the wartime BBC Czechoslovak Service and its treatment of Jewish issues when broadcasting to German-occupied Europe. The first, theoretical part inquires into the main factors that influenced the decision-making process about broadcasting to occupied Czechoslovakia. The analysis confirms that the broadcasts were a product of complex influences that resulted from the diplomatic position of the Czechoslovak exiles. The second part of the article focuses on an analysis of the broadcasts from a humanitarian and political point of view. From the latter perspective, it documents policy considerations that played a considerable role in the number and shape of the broadcasts dealing with Jewish issues. The Czechoslovak government, although occasionally unable to resist humanitarian motives, still sought to fashion an overall message that put forth their political priorities and objectives. One of the main aims of the broadcasts was to maintain the image of a democratic nation not given to the persecution of minorities.

מפרט המוצר
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 2010
Catalog No. 238204
No. of Pages 31 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 38:2, pp. 123-153, Edited by David Silberklang
Publisher Yad Vashem