Title
Ohm Krüger's travels: a case study in the export of Third-Reich film propagandaOhm Krüger's travels: a case study in the export of Third-Reich film propaganda
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Research group
Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi)
Publication type
article
Publication
Calgary,
Subject
Art
History
Source (journal)
Historical reflections / Canadian War Museum. - Calgary
Volume/pages
35(2009):2, p. 108-124
ISSN
0315-7997
ISI
000267972000007
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The Nazi propaganda film Ohm Krüger (Uncle Krüger, 1941) utilized former South African statesman Paul Kruger and his role in the Boer War to promote a virulently anti-British message. By analyzing the international career of Ohm Krüger, this article reassesses the propaganda value traditionally ascribed to the film in an attempt to encourage further research on the exportation of Third-Reich cinema. The parallels between the British invasion and occupation of Boer land, as represented in the film, and the Nazis' invasion and occupation of European countries were so striking that Ohm Krüger was exported almost exclusively to nations allied with Germany while being withheld from occupied territories. The one notable exception was France, which had a long tradition of anti-British sentiment.
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