The three men who were acquitted of war crimes by the Military Tribunal which sentenced some of their former comrades to prison and some to the gallows, appear very much at ease as they are interviewed by newsmen the day after the verdicts were announced. Left to right: Franz Von Papen, Nazi diplomat; Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, financier, and Hans Fritzsche, propaganda chief. But all was not so serene. A cordon of 100 German policemen surrounded the Nuernberg jail early Oct. 3rd to rearrest the…

The three men who were acquitted of war crimes by the Military Tribunal which sentenced some of their former comrades to prison and some to the gallows, appear very much at ease as they are interviewed by newsmen the day after the verdicts were announced. Left to right: Franz Von Papen, Nazi diplomat; Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, financier, and Hans Fritzsche, propaganda chief. But all was not so serene. A cordon of 100 German policemen surrounded the Nuernberg jail early Oct. 3rd to rearrest the…

The defendants at Nuremberg. Front row, from left to right: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Walther Funk, Hjalmar Schacht. Back row from left to right: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Franz von Papen, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Albert Speer, Konstantin van Neurath, Hans Fritzsche.

The defendants at Nuremberg. Front row, from left to right: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Walther Funk, Hjalmar Schacht. Back row from left to right: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Franz von Papen, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Albert Speer, Konstantin van Neurath, Hans Fritzsche.

Hans Georg Fritzsche (April 21, 1900 – September 27, 1953) was a senior German Nazi official, ending the war as Ministerialdirektor at the Propagandaministerium.

Hans Georg Fritzsche (April 21, 1900 – September 27, 1953) was a senior German Nazi official, ending the war as Ministerialdirektor at the Propagandaministerium.

Nazi official Hans Fritzsche sits in his jail cell during the 1945 Nuremberg Trials. Fritzsche, who was a member of the Reich Propaganda Ministry, was one of only three defendants who was acquitted during the Nuremberg war crime trials.

Nazi official Hans Fritzsche sits in his jail cell during the 1945 Nuremberg Trials. Fritzsche, who was a member of the Reich Propaganda Ministry, was one of only three defendants who was acquitted during the Nuremberg war crime trials.

Hans Fritzsche, Nazi Defendant in the Major War Criminal Trial in Nuremberg

Hans Fritzsche, Nazi Defendant in the Major War Criminal Trial in Nuremberg

The press was one of the Nazi regime’s most important propaganda tools. In 1933, Goebbels's propaganda ministry assumed control over the content and style of the entire newspaper industry by holding daily press conferences. What these conferences actually did was allow for pre-censorship. Journalists who failed to bring their reporting into line with official demands were threatened with banishment from the profession and persecution.

The press was one of the Nazi regime’s most important propaganda tools. In 1933, Goebbels's propaganda ministry assumed control over the content and style of the entire newspaper industry by holding daily press conferences. What these conferences actually did was allow for pre-censorship. Journalists who failed to bring their reporting into line with official demands were threatened with banishment from the profession and persecution.

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Hans Fritzsche-Head of the Radio Division, one of twelve departments in Goebbel's Propoganda Ministry.  Fritzsche's radio broadcasts (he was a popular  commentator) included strong Nazi propoganda.

Hans Fritzsche-Head of the Radio Division, one of twelve departments in Goebbel's Propoganda Ministry. Fritzsche's radio broadcasts (he was a popular commentator) included strong Nazi propoganda.

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Defendant Hans Fritzsche, Head of the Radio Division, one of twelve departments in Goebbel's Propoganda Ministry,  enters the Nuremberg courtroom under American guard.  "I have been tricked and trapped by the Himmler murder machine, even when I tried to put a check on it...Let us explain our position to the world, so that at least we won't die under this awful burden of shame." (11/21/45)

Defendant Hans Fritzsche, Head of the Radio Division, one of twelve departments in Goebbel's Propoganda Ministry, enters the Nuremberg courtroom under American guard. "I have been tricked and trapped by the Himmler murder machine, even when I tried to put a check on it...Let us explain our position to the world, so that at least we won't die under this awful burden of shame." (11/21/45)

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