Wednesday, February 17, 2010

An Interesting Thing


A few weeks ago, I'd been reading Rebecca West's essays about the trial of William Joyce. He was one of the men known as Lord Haw Haw, who broadcast Axis propaganda from Berlin to England during World War II. I'd always thought he was an intriguing character (what makes someone turn to treason?). Then a week later, there was an item on Irish Central about BBC Radio putting large chunks of their archives online. If you click on the link above, you can hear several of William Joyce's broadcasts. They are much shorter than I'd realized, and his voice isn't at all what I'd expected.
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2 comments:

Jack Bunny said...

Yes - very interesting. Like you, I write plays, so my first thought was "there's a play here." Is this your thought as well?

j

anniep said...

I do think there is a play in there somewhere. Joyce is just such a weird guy. I have heard about Irish-American rage towards the British Empire- I had a great grandfather like that, who infected his only son with it. There's some kind of major psychological aberration going on with Joyce.