Hitler Used A PR Firm In the 30’s – Today Terrorists Do

Some people will do anything for money.

Ronn Torossian

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A few months ago on Israel National News I noted that Qatar had hired a major public relations Agency,   Portland Communications “for a communications/political push targeted at Congress and federal agencies to improve ties with the US.” 

Qatar funds Hamas, which theUnited States and Europe recognize as a terror organization.  Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar to protest its support of terror organizations. Meanwhile, they have a pr firm led by Tim Allen, a former adviser to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to help them spin.  

Burson Marsteller refused to represent Israel, yet accepted the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood as clients.
Life in the year 2014.

And it goes on in the PR world- Burson Marsteller refused to represent Israel, yet accepted the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood as clients, Brown Lloyd James worked for Syria’s Assad family as well as Qaddafi, the brutal Libyan dictator. 

The list goes on and on.

What I was unaware of until recently is that the bad guys have always utilized public relations companies. A new novel (which is based upon facts), “The Nazi Account” has unveiled the fact that Hitler’s Nazi Germany hired Carl Byoir & Associates, a leading NY PR Firm at the time to spin Nazi horror to Americans.  As the book description notes, “In 1933 the German government decided that their public relations in the United States was absolutely dreadful. (Go figure).  They took a trip to New York City and hired the largest PR firm in the country to help them out.”  

There are others today who are spinning for people who harm the world.  Then it was paid by Nazi Germany to Carl Byoir & Associates – today it is to other PR firms around the world. 

At the time, during the Holocaust, Peter Bergson of the Bergson Group and a group of others worked tirelessly to try and educate the West about what was happening in Europe.  Today, too there must be valiant efforts expended to offset the work of public relations in the pursuit of Evil.

As the Zionist prophet Ze’ev Jabotinsky noted about the importance of Public Relations: “The work of the publicist is a legacy from the Prophets of Israel…Our passion is to speak, to proclaim—“Shouting” is what the same audience calls it, ‘we have no need for words, give us actions.’

"One thing that the audience forgets is that speech is also an action – Perhaps the most authentic of all other actions. Cities have been destroyed, and more will fall, but what was shouted in the wilderness thousands of years ago is alive and still relevant. The world was created by the Word. The world will be mended by the Article.”

Ronn Torossian is a public relations executive and author.