Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich reads a script at Col. Ed Kirby’s desk, War Department Bureau of Public Relations

In addition to Maj. Glenn Miller and the American Band of the AEF, one of the most important voices heard over the Voice of America’s American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE) during 1944 was Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich. As described in Glenn Miller Declassified:

“Dietrich was passionately anti-Nazi. She refused a lucrative offer from the German government in 1937 to become a U.S. citizen in 1939. Dietrich was a natural recruit as a radio voice for broadcasts to the citizens and armed forces of Germany. The Reich unsurprisingly considered her a traitor. Nazi Germany considered Americans with German backgrounds working for ABSIE to be traitors, so they were among those on the Nazi blacklist along with Dietrich.”

Learn more about Dietrich’s extraordinary wartime service as a radio announcer, performer on the front-lines and ardent advocate for the American and Allied cause in Glenn Miller Declassified by Dennis M. Spragg, now available from Potomac Books and the University of Nebraska Press.