Us and Them:The Myth of the Enemy in Protectorate Daily Press in June and July 1941
|Keywords||Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia, propaganda, nazism, censorship, myth, symbol, enemy|
|Citation||LYSOŇKOVÁ, Lenka . Us and Them:The Myth of the Enemy in Protectorate Daily Press in June and July 1941. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2012, 57(4), 25-30. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/amnphl/57-4/us-and-themthe-myth-of-the-enemy-in-protectorate-daily-press-in-june-and-july-1941|
Creating the image of the enemy and daily stand in opposition against him was one of the basic missions of the daily press in the protectorate. Propaganda controlled media utilized a wide aray of iconic, index and symbolic means and signs – mainly connotation chains, that were used to create binary mytologies about the strugle between good and evil. Namely: the struggle between the superior and inferior human race and the struggle between nacism and communism. These simple (and connected) mytologies were meant to shape the public opinion in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia in the right direction and legalise the occupation itself. They were also used to enforce the desired ideological interpretation of the world and its natural order. This paper (article) analyzes the basic mythological concepts and the way they worked using preselected articles from protectorate daily periodics (Venkov, Večerní České slovo, Polední list, Lidové noviny) from June and July 1941.