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Falsehood in War-time: Containing an Assortment of Lies Circulated Throughout the Nations During the Great War

Falsehood in War-time: Containing an Assortment of Lies Circulated Throughout the Nations During the Great War - Arthur Ponsonby Just what it sounds like- an account of propaganda lies circulated in the British and American press during World War I. The most memorable example may be the oft-repeated press accounts of German soldiers cutting off the hands of hundreds, maybe thousands (reports vary) of Belgian war orphans. The public seems to have accepted the story without question as an indication of German inhumanity. No doubt it flamed their fighting spirits. One kindhearted businessman collected funds to construct an orphanage for these poor kids after the war. He showed up in Belgium in 1920 with the funds. To assess what the capacity of the orphanage should be, he traveled throughout the country and inquired extensively about these children. After a year working together with the church and other humanitarian groups, he could not produce a single child, nor a single verifiable story, of anybody who had had their hands cut off. If you like this subject matter, also consider checking out The Spitting Image: Myth Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam