Propaganda and the Flight of Rudolf Hess, 1941–45*

  title={Propaganda and the Flight of Rudolf Hess, 1941–45*},
  author={Jo Fox},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={78 - 110}
  • Jo Fox
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern History
  • Like his younger brother Ian, Peter Fleming imagined the fantastic. The theme of his 1940 novel, The Flying Visit, was barely believable: Hitler, wanting to emphasize his status as the “Eagle Fuhrer,” embarks upon a flight over England in order to survey what he sought to conquer. An assassination attempt blows his plane from the sky, but Hitler escapes in his parachute. As a highly recognizable figure now stranded in the English countryside, he contemplates his course of action: “If he could… CONTINUE READING
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    For a full account of this, see
    • Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War
    • 2007
    The Bizarre Mission: Rudolf Hess in Britain
    • Britain and Germany in the 20th Century
    • 2006
    Mishandling a Spectacular Event: The Rudolf Hess Affair
    • Flight from Reality: Rudolf Hess and His Mission to Scotland
    • 2002
    The Nazi war on cancer
    • 66
    Political communication and public opinion in America
    • 68
    It should be noted that Balfour was directly involved in the propaganda initiatives surrounding the Hess case; see memorandum from Balfour, X/155
    • Propaganda in War, 1939 -45: Organizations, Policies, and Publics in Britain and Germany
    • 1941
    183 Sir A. Clark Kerr telegram
      Anonymous letter to the Home Office, HO 144/22492. See also other letters relating to fifth-column activity in HO 144/22492, and reports from postal censorship
        Cadogan's diaries also comment on Hess's sanity; see entries for May 13 (378)
          Cheltenham, to the Ministry of Home Security