Jane Anderson

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Jane Anderson born Foster Anderson (January 6, 1888, Atlanta – May 5, 1972, Madrid) was an American writer, journalist and supporter of nationalist causes in Spain and Germany. She became a broadcaster for National Socialist Germany during World War II and later was indicted on charges of treason. She was known on the airwaves as The Georgia Peach.

Early life

Her father, Robert M. "Red" Anderson was a close friend of showman Buffalo Bill. Her mother, Ellen Luckie Anderson was from a wealthy and prominent Atlanta family.

She attended Piedmont College, Georgia, and was expelled in 1904.[1] She then attended Kidd-Key Women’s School, a finishing school in Dallas. She moved to New York City in 1909 where she lived until 1915. There she married Deems Taylor the composer in 1910. The marriage ended in divorce in 1918. While in New York, she became a successful writer of short stories which were published in national magazines from 1910 to 1913.


She then traveled to Europe in September 1915[2] where she remained until 1918, writing articles and reports for the London Daily Mail. As a war correspondent she suffered shell-shock from a visit to the British trenches in France in 1916.

She was an intimate of Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells. Conrad used her as the model for his heroine, Doña Rita, in novel The Arrow of Gold 1919.[3]

In 1922 she returned to Europe as a correspondent for the International News Service and Hearst Newspapers.

In October 1934 she married a Spanish nobleman in Seville, Count Eduardo Alvarez de Cienfuegos, and settled with him in Spain. The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) broke out on July 17, 1936 and Anderson covered the struggle for the London Daily Mail, reporting from the Falangist side. On September 13, 1936 she was captured and imprisoned by the Republican side,[4] held as a fascist spy, tortured and sentenced to death. However, in October 1936[5] her release was secured by the intervention of U.S. Secretary Cordell Hull and the State Department assisted her return to the U.S. Her experiences in Spain moved her political allegiance to the far right. She wrote[6] and lectured[7] on the Spanish Civil War to promote the Nationalist cause of Francisco Franco, who eventually won the war with German and Italian military assistance.

She returned to Spain in 1938, worked for the Falangist Spanish Ministry of Propaganda[3] and came to the attention of the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft, German State Radio, who offered her a post in Berlin in 1940.[8]

Propaganda for National Socialist Germany

Anderson began broadcasts from Berlin on April 14, 1941 and when the United States declared war on National Socialist Germany on December 11, 1941 American citizens were repatriated from Germany but Anderson chose to stay.

Until March 6, 1942 she broadcast National Socialist propaganda via short wave radio for the German State Radio's U.S.A. Zone, the Germans giving her the name ‘The Georgia Peach’. Her radio program was broadcast two or four times weekly and each broadcast began and ended with the slogan, "Always remember progressive Americans eat Kellogg Corn Flakes and listen to both sides of the story," while a band played "Scatterbrain".[9] In her programs she heaped praise on Adolf Hitler and ran ‘exposés’ of the ‘communist domination’ of the Roosevelt and Churchill governments.[10] She specialized in interviews, one being with her co-worker, the British traitor William Joyce.

She was removed from her position as a commentator when material in her March 6, 1942 broadcast was successfully used by U.S. counter-propaganda.[11][12] She then appears to have been inactive until her return to her propaganda work in 1944 when she made a few broadcasts reporting the brutality of the Red Army on the Eastern Front.


When Germany surrendered in May 1945 Anderson and her husband hid out in various locations in Germany and Austria. Finally on April 2, 1947 she was arrested in Salzburg, Austria and placed in US military custody.

Charges of treason

On July 26, 1943 Anderson along with Fred W. Kaltenbach, Douglas Chandler, Edward Delaney, Constance Drexel, Robert Henry Best, Max Otto Koischwitz and Ezra Pound was indicted in absentia by a District of Columbia grand jury on charges of treason.[13]

However, on October 27, 1947, the United States Department of Justice dropped all charges due to lack of evidence.[14] From a United States Government Office memorandum dated June 14, 1946:

It is true that she could be classified as a political commentator, although not a very effective one, but as she apparently stopped her broadcasting activities shortly after our entry into the war it does not appear worthwhile that further efforts be made to develop our case against her, notwithstanding the fact that she was indicted for treason in 1943. [15]
A further factor was that Anderson had been a Spanish citizen by marriage since 1934.[16]

Later life

Anderson was released from custody in Salzburg in early December 1947.[17] She then went to live with her husband at Almoharín in the post-war world of Falangist Spain. In the early 1960s they moved to Cáceres where she gave private lessons in English and German. After her husband’s death she moved to Madrid where she died in 1972.[18]

External link


  1. http://www.piedmont.edu/news/jan_04/jane_anderson.html
  2. http://www.law.uga.edu/academics/profiles/dwilkes_more/his25_peach.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=iSJTLDDg0XEC&pg=PA279&lpg=PA279&dq=%22Jane+Anderson%22+Goebbels&source=bl&ots=eB71PF9ufu&sig=R8uG7ygXQoN0EGSUTsB3GP9dkzQ&hl=en&ei=7MiLTJrdI8GF4QaP0IH8Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CCoQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22Jane%20Anderson%22%20Goebbels&f=false
  4. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zfUvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dEgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1434,4662925&dq=jane-anderson&hl=en Envoys Probe Arrest Of U.S. Woman In Spain - The Deseret News, October 10, 1936
  5. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40917F63F59167B93C3A8178BD95F428385F9 American Woman Freed Of Espionage in Spain - The New York Times, October 11, 1936
  6. http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=u0ZQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Ag4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6671,6115420&dq=jane-anderson+spain&hl=en MY DAYS OF HORROR IN WAR-TORN SPAIN - The Milwaukee Sentinel, 30 May 1937
  7. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10D15FE3E59177A93CAAB1782D85F438385F9 WOMEN CATHOLICS WARNED ON SPAIN; Marquesa de Cienfuegos Lays Warfare to Communist Move for World Supremacy - The New York Times, September 28, 1937
  8. http://jeff560.tripod.com/am11.html
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named law.uga.edu
  10. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,766318,00.html International: Lady Haw-Haw – Time Magazine, Jan. 19, 1942
  11. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3o5fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1334,5972735&dq=jane-anderson&hl=en National Socialist Announcer Spills Beans - Lewiston Morning Tribune, March 26, 1942
  12. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,777683,00.html Germany: Sweets & Cookies – Time Magazine April 06, 1942
  13. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3JkgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nWgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5655,1761124&dq=jane-anderson&hl=en INDICT TWO WOMEN ON TREASON COUNTS - The Lewiston Daily Sun, July 28, 1943
  14. http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=uDQaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CCUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3044,6567920&dq=jane-anderson&hl=en U.S.Quashes Treason Case Against Trio - The Milwaukee Journal, 27 Oct, 1947
  15. http://www.justice.gov/criminal/foia/records/ezra-pound-p4.pdf
  16. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=n5G_Lqh3h4UC&pg=PA286&lpg=PA286&dq=%22Jane+Anderson%22+nazi&source=bl&ots=HL80o_B9TM&sig=7DF3M36esqckDijXRVMoqo4HNnw&hl=en&ei=T-KoTLm4BZSOjAeS_L3sDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBkQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=%22Jane%20Anderson%22%20nazi&f=false
  17. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/baltsun/access/1678537622.html?FMT=CITE&FMTS=CITE:AI&type=historic&date=Dec+09%2C+1947&author=&pub=The+Sun+%281837-1985%29&desc=Jane+Anderson+Regains+Freedom+At+Salzburg&pqatl=google Jane Anderson Regains Freedom At Salzburg - The Baltimore Sun, December 9, 1947
  18. http://garciguti.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html

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