This startlingly vivid book about the British men who ended up working for Hitler is haunted by an uncomfortable questionby Jay Elwes / June 21, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Traitors: A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit by Josh Ireland (John Murray, £20)
Why do traitors do it? This startlingly vivid book about the British men who ended up working for Hitler, is haunted by that uncomfortable question. Men such as William Joyce, for example, a hard-drinking, Irish-born fascist who possessed a frenzied hatred of Jews and of the British society that, as he saw it, had overlooked his greatness. Having fallen out with Oswald Mosley, Joyce went to Germany to be near the National Socialism he so admired. He was noticed by Goering, who put him to work on the radio, and Joyce’s propaganda broadcasts earned him the name “Lord Haw Haw.” He became one of the most hated men in Britain, as his often semi-drunk voice leered out of the radio, boasting of German victories. Joyce was a true believer, a hysterical narcissist and the most famous of the traitors covered here.