Signal was a modern, glossy, illustrated photo journal and government propaganda tool, patterned after the American LIFE magazine and meant specifically for audiences in neutral, allied, and occupied countries.
Signal in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit
Reinhard Heydrich had the complete run of Signal while in hiding in the Alpine Redoubt. He scavanged an old propaganda piece called "What We Are Fighting For" and had it translated into English so it could be distributed in the American occupation zone.
A 1941 issue of Signal was given to Bobby Fiore and Liu Han by their Lizard jailers. Bobby assumed from the title that it would be in English, and was disappointed that it was a Nazi propaganda rag. It seemed to be a Danish or Norwegian edition. While he could not read the language (beyond a few cognate words), the pictures were enlightening. They showed Russians surrendering to German soldiers, a beefy and scantily-clad nightclub dancer with her soldier boyfriend, and shots of Josef Goebbels, Marshal Pétain, Paris, and North Africa. Liu Han, who had very little knowledge of the world beyond her small county in the backwaters of China, found these very informative.
In 1964, Johannes Drucker read an article in Signal that told how delighted were the subjects of the Greater German Reich to labor to make Germany greater still. Drucker hoped that was true, but didn't necessarily believe it.