Topic: Military History / 20th Century

 
Treason on the Airwaves
Three Allied Broadcasters on Axis Radio during World War II
Judith Keene
978-0-31335-329-1

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Treason on the Airwaves

Three Allied Broadcasters on Axis Radio during World War II

Judith Keene Judith Keene


December 2008

Praeger

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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.

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.
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABBREVIATIONS
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
INTRODUCTION
BROADCASTING TO BRITAIN FROM WARTIME BERLIN
C1: THE EXECUTION OF THE BRITISH TRAITOR: JOHN AMERY
C2: LIFE IN THE AMERY FAMILY
C3: JOHN AMERY BETWEEN THE WARS
C4: GERMAN WARTIME BROADCASTING
C5: AMERYS RECEPTION IN BRITAIN
BROADCASTING TO AUSTRALIA & THE UNITED STATES FROM WARTIME TOKYO
C6: JAPANESE WARTIME BROADCASTING
C7: TOKYOS AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTER: CHARLES COUSENS
C8: ALLIED POWS BROADCAST FROM JAPAN
C9: POW FAMILIES LISTEN TO RADIO TOKYO
C10: IVA TOGURI IN WARTIME JAPAN
C11: LISTENING TO RADIO TOKYO AT THE PACIFIC FRONT
C12: TRYING AN AUSTRALIAN TRAITOR: CHARLES COUSENS
C13: IVA TOGURI AND THE TRIAL OF TOKYO ROSE
EPILOGUE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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"Of interest to specialists and general readers. . . . Recommended. All levels/libraries."—Choice