Axis Sally

Friday, July 19, 2013


More than fifty years ago, Mildred Gillars was released from prison.  Known more widely as Axis Sally, Gillars broadcasted pro-Nazi propaganda during World War II on German state radio.  After the war, she became one of the only women ever convicted of treason in the United States. In an interview from 2011 Brooke talks to historian Richard Lucas, who wrote Gillars’ biography, about her broadcasts, her trial, and her quiet life in Ohio after her imprisonment.

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Comments [4]

Steve Worona from Montpelier, VT


Jul. 27 2013 11:06 AM
Matt Leone

I can understand why she was convicted after WWII but I would like some insight in to what one would predict the outcome of a trial would be if it where held today. Would she be convicted? I ask this understanding that the right of free speech in the USA includes protection for hate speech.

Jul. 22 2013 12:30 AM
Jim-henry from Signal Mountain, t

Axis Sally said WWII soldiers were being maimed in Europe and would not be able to be employable when they returned home. (My memory of what I heard today.)
This is the same situation that we've been in for years, even now.


Jul. 21 2013 03:27 PM
Steve Lubetkin from Cherry Hill, NJ

Richard Lucas was a featured speaker at the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College in April 2012, and we had the opportunity to produce a video podcast of his lecture on Axis Sally. You can watch the complete video at, which includes rare audio recordings of Axis Sally as well as photos.

Jul. 20 2013 06:28 PM

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