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TITLE Η φωτογραφική περιήγηση των γερμανικών μονάδων προπαγάνδας στην κατεχόμενη Κρήτη: το φωτογραφικό αρχείο του Ιδρύματος Επικοινωνίας και Οπτικοακουστικής Παραγωγής του Υπουργείου Άμυνας της Γαλλίας (ECPAD)
AUTHOR Ανδρουλάκη Ειρήνη
LANGUAGE Ελληνικά / Greek
PUBLISH DATE 02.08.2019
KEYWORDS Β' Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος, Μάχη της Κρήτης, επιχείρηση Ερμής, Γερμανική προπαγάνδα, φωτογραφικό αρχείο, ECPAD, μονάδες προπαγάνδας, Κρήτη, Γερμανική κατοχή, αρχειακή πηγή
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During the Second World War, Goebbels’ Ministry of Propaganda becomes a real production plant of still images and animated pictures, used for the purposes of propaganda in Germany as well as in the occupied countries. The propaganda units (Propaganda Kompanien or PK) consist of audiovisual and photography professionals who cover the missions of the three German armies and Waffen-SS in all the theatres of operations. In 1945, a significant part of their production was seized by the American army close to Wiesbaden in Germany and distributed among the Allies. Since then, the French Établissement de Communication et de Production Audiovisuelle de la Défense (ECPAD) has preserved a part of this production, approximately 353,632 photographs and 1,128 movie titles. This paper presents the German propaganda photographic reports from Crete following the Battle of Crete (Operation Mercury, 20 May 1941-1 June 1941). In total, 140 reports have been identified so far as being shot in Crete, partly or approximately documented due to the lack of supplementary elements. This publication attempts to make these historical sources known to institutions (museums, archive centers) and researchers in order to highlight the value of the historical audiovisual and photographic sources referring to Crete that can be found abroad.