William Joyce

British fascist and propaganda broadcaster (1906-1946)

William Brooke Joyce (24 April 1906 - 3 January 1946) was an American-born propaganda broadcaster for Nazi Germany during World War II, best known by his British listeners as Lord Haw Haw. He was executed for treason by the British as a result of his wartime activities.

If war breaks out, I will fight for Hitler since such a war would be against Jewry.

Quotes edit

1920s edit

  • As a young man of pure British descent, some of whose forefathers have held high position in the British army, I have always been desirous of devoting what little capability and energy I may possess to the country which I love so dearly.
    • Peter Martland, "Lord Haw Haw: The English voice of Nazi Germany" (The National Archives, 2003), p. 145. UK National Archives KV 2/245/301a.
    • Letter to the University of London Military Education Committee, 9 August 1922.
  • A Note on the Mid Back Slack Unrounded Vowel [a] in the English of Today

1930s edit

  • I don't regard Jews as a class. I regard them as a privileged misfortune.
    • Francis Selwyn, Hitler's Englishman (Penguin Books, 1987), p. 43
    • Speech at Chiswick (1934).
  • We know that England is crying for a leader, and that leader has emerged in the person of the greatest Englishman I have ever known, Sir Oswald Mosley ... When the history of Europe comes to be written I can assure you that his name will not be second to either Mussolini or Hitler.
    • Frederic Mullally, Fascism inside England (Claud Morris Books, 1946), p. 15
    • Speech at Brighton (March 1934).
  • I would gladly say 'Heil Hitler!' and at once part company with him, realizing what a pitiable insult it is to such a great man to try to flatter him with such an imitation which he has always disdained. His way is for Germany, ours is for Britain; let us tread our paths with mutual respect, which is rarely increased by borrowing.
    • National Socialism Now, pamphlet issued by the National Socialist League (c. 1938).
  • If war breaks out, I will fight for Hitler since such a war would be against Jewry.
    • National Socialism Now.

World War Two edit

Lord Haw Haw edit

  • Germany calling! Germany Calling!
    • Catchphrase used to introduce or begin his talks on German radio.
  • The people of England will curse themselves for having preferred ruin from Churchill to peace from Hitler.
    • Broadcast, Radio Bremen (2 August 1940).
  • To conclude this personal note, I, William Joyce, will merely say that I left England because I would not fight for Jewry against the Führer and National Socialism, and because I believe most ardently, as I do today, that victory and a perpetuation of the old system would be an incomparably greater evil for [England] than defeat coupled with a possibility of building something new, something really national, something truly socialist.
    • Peter Martland, "Lord Haw Haw: The English voice of Nazi Germany" (The National Archives, 2003), p. 173. UK National Archives KV 2/245/285.
    • Broadcast (2 April 1941). In this broadcast Joyce for the first time identified himself, in response to an article in the London Evening Standard which claimed he ran a spy ring in Britain.
  • [Winston Churchill] is the servant, not of the British public, or of the British Empire, but of International Jewish Finance. This charge must be preferred against a man who has so signally violated British tradition in the course of this war.
    • Broadcast, Radio Cologne (8 April 1943).
  • Churchill has renounced all British interests in Europe and those of his people who are not blind now realise that the pretext for this war was far removed from the cause of it, namely, the subservience of the so-called democratic politicians to their Jewish masters.
    • Broadcast, Radio Cologne (30 August 1944).
  • Bombardment by a new device of centres essential to the British war effort. The action was long delayed, but who can deny that the moment selected for it was chosen most appropriately from the military point of view? Germany has more secret weapons than one.
    • Broadcast, German European Service in English (17 September 1944).
    • Refers to the first attack by the Vergeltungswaffe-1, or "reprisal weapon".
  • Britain's victories are barren; they leave her poor, and they leave her people hungry; they leave her bereft of the markets and the wealth that she possessed six years ago. But above all, they leave her with an immensely greater problem than she had then. We are nearing the end of one phase of Europe's history, but the next will be no happier. It will be grimmer, harder and perhaps bloodier. And now I ask you earnestly, can Britain survive? I am profoundly convinced that without German help she cannot.
    • J.W. Hall (ed.), "The Trial of William Joyce" (Notable British Trials series, William Hodge & Co, 1946), p. 302
    • Broadcast (30 April 1945). This was Joyce's last broadcast of the war.
  • And therefore I say to you, in these last words, you may not hear from me again for a few months. I say, Es lebe Deutschland! Heil Hitler, and farewell.
    • End of Joyce's last broadcast (His voice heavily slurred due to an apparent state of intoxication)

Other documents edit

  • The preface is usually that part of a book which can most safely be omitted. It usually represents that efflorescent manifestation of egotism which an author, after working hard, cannot spare either himself or his readers. More often than not the readers spare themselves. When, however, the writer is a daily perpetrator of high treason, his introductory remarks may command from the English public that kind of awful veneration with which £5000 confessions are perused in the Sunday newspapers, quite frequently after the narrator has taken his last leap in the dark.
    • William Joyce, Twilight over England (Internationaler Verlag, Berlin, 1940), preface.
  • Apart from my absolute belief in National Socialism and my conviction of Hitler's superhuman heroism, I had always been attracted to Germany.
    • Twilight over England.
  • On this tragic day, the death of Adolf Hitler was reported - Admiral Dönitz takes over as his nominated successor. Reach Flensburg about 8. Have to drink wine for breakfast — as nothing else is available.
    • Peter Martland, "Lord Haw Haw: The English voice of Nazi Germany" (The National Archives, 2003), p. 301. UK National Archives KV 2/250/2, p. 55.
    • Diary entry (1 May 1945).

Post-WW2 edit

  • I know that I have been denounced as a traitor and I resent the accusation, as I conceive myself to have been guilty of no underhand or deceitful act against Britain, although I am also able to understand the resentment that my broadcasts have, in many quarters, aroused.
    • J.W. Hall (ed.), The Trial of William Joyce (Notable British Trials series, William Hodge & Co, 1946), p. 58
    • Statement given by Joyce under caution (31 May 1945).
  • I salute you, Freja, as your lover for ever. Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!
    • Francis Selwyn, Hitler's Englishman op cit, p. 211
    • Last letter to his wife Margaret before he was hanged (3 January 1946).
  • In death as in life, I defy the Jews who caused this last war, and I defy the power of darkness which they represent. I warn the British people against the crushing imperialism of the Soviet Union. May Britain be great once again and in the hour of the greatest danger in the West may the standard be raised from the dust, crowned with the words – "You have conquered nevertheless". I am proud to die for my ideals and I am sorry for the sons of Britain who have died without knowing why.
    • Francis Selwyn, Hitler's Englishman: The Crime of 'Lord Haw-Haw' (1987 [1993]), p. 8
    • Last letter to his brother Quentin before his execution
    • Another version has "may the Swastika be raised from the dust" instead of "may the standard be raised from the dust"

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