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SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

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posted by author and historian Charles McCain

http://charlesmccain.com/2015/07/signal-the-life-magazine-of-nazi-germany-2/ SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany1 August 1943, a helpful German soldier showing a copy of Signal in Greek to an orthodox resident of the ancient monastic state of Mount Athos. (photo courtesy of Andrew Zoller).

Many organizations in the Third Reich produced publications of every sort. Through late 1944 the Kriegsmarine produced its own highly sophisticated five color magazine. But the best known was the Life Magazine knockoff, Signal which was produced by the Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment. This ministry was run by the evil, criminal and despicable toad, Joseph Goebbels.

All propaganda publications in the Third Reich, were written by professional journalists and illustrated by professional artists and photographers. Signal was quite a sophisticated publication and presented German soldiers as being tough against their military opponents but gentle and fun with civilians. Lots of photos show German soldiers playing with children who are usually blonde. This type of propaganda tried to counter the reality of the bloody, evil, and murderous nature of the Third Reich.

The famous US publication Life Magazine, whose format was copied by Signal, was printed on glossy paper. The Germans didn't have the capacity to produce large amounts of glossy paper for magazines so Signal was printed on newsprint paper. I have about a dozen different copies I bought over the years mainly as curiosities. However, a number of people collect them and some have ammassed every single issue published.

SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

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SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

Signal Magazine in Russian. I presume this cover shows a Russian soldier in the service of the German Armed forces. Estimates vary of the number of Soviet citizens who fought for the Germans. The low estimate is approximately one million with other estimates going as high as three million. The Ukraine was an especially fertile recruiting ground for the German Army and the SS.
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany
1 August 1943, a helpful German soldier showing a copy of Signal in Greek to an orthodox resident of the ancient monastic state of Mount Athos. (photo courtesy of Andrew Zoller).

Many organizations in the Third Reich produced publications of every sort. Through late 1944 the Kriegsmarine produced its own highly sophisticated five color magazine. But the best known was the Life Magazine knockoff, Signal which was produced by the Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment. This ministry was run by the evil, criminal and despicable toad, Joseph Goebbels.

All propaganda publications in the Third Reich, were written by professional journalists and illustrated by professional artists and photographers. Signal was quite a sophisticated publication and presented German soldiers as being tough against their military opponents but gentle and fun with civilians. Lots of photos show German soldiers playing with children who are usually blonde. This type of propaganda tried to counter the reality of the bloody, evil, and murderous nature of the Third Reich.

The famous US publication Life Magazine, whose format was copied by Signal, was printed on glossy paper. The Germans didn't have the capacity to produce large amounts of glossy paper for magazines so Signal was printed on newsprint paper. I have about a dozen different copies I bought over the years mainly as curiosities. However, a number of people collect them and some have ammassed every single issue published.

SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

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SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

Signal Magazine in Russian. I presume this cover shows a Russian soldier in the service of the German Armed forces. Estimates vary of the number of Soviet citizens who fought for the Germans. The low estimate is approximately one million with other estimates going as high as three million. The Ukraine was an especially fertile recruiting ground for the German Army and the SS.
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany
SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

post by Charles McCain author of An Honorable German: A Novel of the Kriegsmarine at War &

The Frat House Fire Escape Plan: Sigma Nu, Tulane and the 1970s

SIGNAL: The Life Magazine of Nazi Germany

Author Bio: My first novel, An Honorable German, about a heroic and conflicted German U-Boat Commander, was published in May 2009 right after I survived a bout with lymphoma. Through the Grace of God and the brilliance of Dr. Wydham Wilson, PhD, MD and his deputy genius, Kieron Dunleavy, MD, of the lymphoma team of the National Cancer Institute, I was cured and have spent the time since recovering and working on both my blog and future works.


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