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Treason on the Airwaves

Three Allied Broadcasters on Axis Radio during World War II

by Judith Keene

 

This is a fascinating work based on three individuals who became notorious in World War II as broadcasters over Axis radio and were later tried for treason in their home countries.

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December 2008

Praeger

Pages 256
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars
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This work traces the extraordinary journeys of three World War II radio broadcasters in Germany and Japan whose wartime choices became treason in Britain, Australia, and the United States. John Amery, a member of a well-connected British family, joined Hitler's propagandists in Berlin. He was executed for treason by Britain after the war. Charles Cousens was a soldier in Japanese captivity when he was put to work on Radio Tokyo with a team of Allied POWs. Cousens was later tried as a traitor in Australia. Iva Toguri, better known as Tokyo Rose, was an American student visiting Japan when war broke out. She broadcast her English show on Radio Tokyo out of necessity rather than conviction. The United States jailed Toguri for treason. Through these powerful stories, this work not only sheds new light on the history of wartime radio broadcasting in Germany and Japan, but also examines the laws of treason in Britain, Australia, and the United States and the ways in which trials such as these helped shape modern-day treason trials. All three accounts provoke thoughtful questions as to the nature of justice—and the justice of retribution. This work traces the extraordinary journeys of three World War II radio broadcasters in Germany and Japan whose wartime choices became treason in Britain, Australia, and the United States.

Table of Contents

PREFACEACKNOWLEDGEMENTSABBREVIATIONSLIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSINTRODUCTIONBROADCASTING TO BRITAIN FROM WARTIME BERLINC1: THE EXECUTION OF THE BRITISH TRAITOR: JOHN AMERYC2: LIFE IN THE AMERY FAMILYC3: JOHN AMERY BETWEEN THE WARSC4: GERMAN WARTIME BROADCASTINGC5: AMERYS RECEPTION IN BRITAINBROADCASTING TO AUSTRALIA & THE UNITED STATES FROM WARTIME TOKYOC6: JAPANESE WARTIME BROADCASTINGC7: TOKYOS AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTER: CHARLES COUSENSC8: ALLIED POWS BROADCAST FROM JAPANC9: POW FAMILIES LISTEN TO RADIO TOKYOC10: IVA TOGURI IN WARTIME JAPANC11: LISTENING TO RADIO TOKYO AT THE PACIFIC FRONTC12: TRYING AN AUSTRALIAN TRAITOR: CHARLES COUSENSC13: IVA TOGURI AND THE TRIAL OF TOKYO ROSEEPILOGUEBIBLIOGRAPHY

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"Of interest to specialists and general readers. . . . Recommended. All levels/libraries."—Choice

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