Neue Volkszeitung

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The Neue Volkszeitung (New People's Newspaper) was a German-language newspaper issued from New York City, United States. The paper had a moderate social democratic orientation and is remembered as a leading anti-Nazi American publication in the German language during the years of World War II.

History[edit]

Neue Volkszeitung was launched in New York City in December 1932 as the successor of the New Yorker Volkszeitung.[1] The bulk of the paper's readers were inherited from that recently defunct long-running publication.[2] Average circulation in 1934 stood just shy of 22,000 copies per issue.[2]

Initially, the newspaper sought to portray itself as an organ of German-American labor organizations, but gradually it became closely linked to the exile organization of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, serving as that organization's semi-official voice in America.[3] The paper was published by a company known as the Progressive Publishing Association, Inc.[2]

The Neue Volkszeitung pursued a moderate social democratic political line that stood in opposition both to Nazism and Communism.[2] Content included political news from Germany and the United States, coverage of the international labor movement, sports news, a women's section, travel reports, and coverage of theater and the arts.[2]

Neue Volkszeitung continued publication until the first week of August 1949.[2]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott Shore, The German-American Radical Press: The Shaping of a Left Political Culture, 1850 - 1940. Urbana, IL: University. of Illinois Press, 1992; pg. 181.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Anne Spier, "German-Speaking Peoples," in Dirk Hoerder with Christiane Harzig (eds.), The Immigrant Labor Press in North America, 1840s-1970s: An Annotated Bibliography: Volume 3: Migrants from Southern and Western Europe. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1987; pp. 439-440.
  3. ^ Egbert Krispyn, Anti-Nazi Writers in Exile. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1978; pg. 125

Further reading[edit]

  • Karl J.R. Arndt and May E Olson, German-American Newspapers and Periodicals, 1732-1955 / Deutsch-amerikanische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften, 1732-1955. Revised Second Edition. Heidelberg, Germany: Quelle and Meyer, 1961.
  • Karl J.R. Arndt and May E Olson, The German Language Press of the Americas, 1732-1968: History and Bibliography. Munich, Germany: Verlag Dokumentation, 1973.
  • Robert E. Cazden, German Exile Literature in America. Chicago: American Library Association, 1970.
  • Dirk Hoerder with Christianeharzig, The Immigrant Labor Press in North America, 1840s-1970s: Volume 3: Migrants from Southern and Western Europe. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1987.
  • Dirk Hoerder and Thomas Weber (eds.), Glimpses of the German-American Radical Press. Bremen, Germany: Labor Newspaper Preservation Project, 1985.
  • Carl Wittke, The German Language Press in America. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1957.