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Associated Press collaborated with Nazis, historian claims

The Associated Press (AP) news agency entered a formal cooperation with Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and chosen by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material discovered by a German historian has revealed.

In an article published in the academic journal Studies in Contemporary History, historian Harriet Scharnberg claims that the AP was able to continue operating under the Nazi regime, long after other news agencies had been shut, by cooperating with the German government.

AP hired reporters who worked in the Nazi party's propaganda division, including photographer Franz Roth, who was in the propaganda unit of the SS and whose photographs were approved by Hitler himself.

The AP permitted the use of its photographs in anti-semitic propaganda, including the publications "The Jews in the USA" and "The Sub-Human."

Scharnberg said in the interview with The Guardian that by working with the Nazis, the AP helped that totalitarian regime "portray a war of extermination as a conventional war."

Scharnberg's research describes both individuals and their activities before and during the war that were unknown to AP, the Associated Press said. The news agency says it is conducting a review "to further our understanding of the period."

However, AP has rejected the suggestion that it join forces with the Nazi regime at any time. In fact, the AP was subjected to pressure from the Nazi regime from the period of Hitler's coming to power in 1933 until the AP's expulsion from Germany in 1941, they said.