Printing the Truth
From the early 1930s, and at considerable risk to reporters and informants, the Manchester Guardian was one of the few English newspapers to criticise Hitler forcefully. Letters between Berlin-based reporter Frederick Voigt and the paper’s editor WP Crozier reveal how the paper worked to expose the violence and antisemitism that lay at the heart of Nazi ideology.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Manchester Guardian was banned from Germany in spring 1933. Shortly afterwards, a public meeting held at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall praised the Guardian for exposing the antisemitic Nazi regime. Mancunians were proud to have a paper that ‘expressed the feelings of every decent-minded man and woman on this matter’.