Here's some more from EH archives, although it looks like their edition of Mann's "This War" dates from after May 1940. But in the 1939/1940 period Mann is busy writing and broadcasting with EH keen to use him in their propaganda. Also Section D, who was supplying Rickman, might have produced their own leaflets. (I know my catalogue of Section D propaganda in 'The Black Art' is incomplete.) There was also collaboration between Section D / EH / and their French opposite numbers at this time.
THOMAS MANNFO 898/7:
The 39th meeting of the Planning and Broadcasting Committee, October 28th, 1939.
Mr Shaw alluded to a letter from Sir Francis Whyte to Sir Campbell Stuart forwarding a suggestion that Thomas Mann should make a broadcast to Germany. The Committee recalled that his name had been mentioned before. It was still felt that he should not be invited to speak, as it would run counter to our policy with regard to refugees.FO 898/7:
The 79th meeting of the Planning and Broadcasting Committee, December 28th, 1939.
3. The BBC representative left the text of two proposed Sonderberichte with the Chairman for his approval. One of these was based on Thomas Mann’s “prophecy”. The other was a talk on Trades Unions.FO 898/7:
The 106th meeting of the Planning and Broadcasting Committee, 6th February 1940.
18. Mr Valentine Williams handed to Mr Dunkerley a copy of Thomas Mann’s latest book “Lotte in Weimar”. He suggested that certain passages might be read during the (BBC) German programmes. Mr Dunkerley agreed to pass the book to the BBC readers.FO 898/5:
Electra House Coordination Committee, Minutes of the 7th Meeting held at the Ministry of Information on Wednesday, March 27th, 1940.
90. ARTICLES AND BOOKS. Mr Smollett (Ministry of Information) reported at a recent Press articles Committee meeting it had been decided that refugees should be asked to write articles for foreign papers which would print them e.g. Stefan Zweig for Latin America and Thomas Mann for Scandinavia.FO 898/8:
The 166th Meeting of the Planning and Broadcasting Committee, May 6th, 1940
2. Mr Barman suggested that Thomas Mann’s book “This War” should be printed on thin paper and used as a supplement to the Londoner Brief. This was agreed. It was, also, suggested that the book should be printed in the form of small brochure suitable for dropping from aircraft. No decision was reached but it was felt that the matter should receive further consideration.FO 898/8:
The 167 meeting of the Planning and Broadcasting Committee, 7th May 1940.
5. Mr Barman informed the Committee that he was making enquiries about the copyright of Thomas Mann’s book “This War”.FO 898/8:
The 171st meeting of the Planning and Broadcasting Committee, 13th May 1940.
LEAFLETS. 3. Mr Barman again brought up the subject of Thomas Mann’s new book. Mr Shaw pointed out the difficulties of disseminating a brochure of this type by aircraft, but the Committee agreed, in principle, that it might be suitable for dissemination by balloon. The Committee agreed with Mr Voigt that the book had considerable propaganda value, as had also the Thyssen correspondence.FO 898/30:
Analysis of German Reactions to British Propaganda No. 1 Oct 1st to Nov 15th 1940. (EH Series) PID. Thomas and Erika Mann. No broadcaster to Germany has drawn such a volume of fire as Erika Mann, considering the relatively few number of talks which she has given. It is interesting that the first aim of home propaganda was to discredit Thomas Mann, perhaps the only German émigré whose reputation inside Germany has never been questioned. Since then, Erika Mann has been attacked in a number of press articles, the latest of which was in the Volkischer Beobachter of the 25th October. Here again the treatment is instructive. She is attacked in the first place as an émigré who had not only fled from Germany but was now fleeing to America from the wrath to come in London. The immediate point of attack was her phrase “jolly little fires” in describing the effect of raids on London, and this was used to discredit the whole of her output. The phrase was in fact used by her on 29th September.
“A mess by Thomas Mann himself to Germany was broadcast from London on the 2nd Nov (having been cabled from the USA) The Volkischer Beobachter reacted on the 5th....FO 898/30:
The name of Thomas Mann is able to give authority to propaganda directed to Germany. FO 898/116:
7 May 1941 Memorandum on propaganda produced in Cairo for the Middle East says in passing: We have also printed 50,000 copies of a speech by Thomas Mann broadcast from America.HS 3/224:
4 June 1941, Letter fro D/H.98, Istanbul to SO2, London re Appeal to Germans.
Attached is an appeal to Germans to work against Hitler drawn up by MARCUS, leader of the Free Austrians in Turkey, of which some 500 copies are being circulated to the local German colony together with the attached broadcast of Thomas Mann from America. It is suggested that this appeal might be suitable for quick reproduction and circulation among the German colonies of all neutral countries. (Attached leaflet is titled THOMAS MANN AN DAS DEUTSCHE VOLK)CAB 102/610:
On 11 January 1942 Mr Newsome circulated a document ‘in lieu of the weekly Background Notes’. This was apparently because the Executive Committee, in order to muzzle Mr Newsome, had decided ‘that the Weekly Directive produced by Mr Newsome should cease’. After laying down a political policy to Germany, based on the views of Thomas Mann and diametrically opposite to that proposed by the Regional Director for Germany, Mr Newsome went on: ‘This precludes an apparent predilection for the Conservative elements in Germany....’