Judy Barden

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Judy Barden
Occupation journalist
Known for Warned American women that their husbands, sons and brothers morals were at risk from advances from German women

Judy Barden was a journalist from the United Kingdom who lived and worked in the United States.

She worked as a war correspondent during World War II for the New York Sun and the North American Newspaper Alliance.[1][2] Barden's husband, David Nichol, a journalist with the Chicago Daily News, also worked as a war correspondent, and the pair were posted to the same locations.

Together with Dixie Tighe she lobbied for permission to cover the Invasion of Normandy by parachute jumping with airborne troops.[3] This opportunity had been offered to male war correspondents, most of whom declined. Barden and Tighe were turned down, being told that the jolt of the opening parachute could damage their reproductive organs.

Following Germany's defeat Barden wrote multiple articles warning that the occupying troops morals were at risk from sexual advances from beautiful, sexually available, German women.[4][5][6][7]

Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson honored war correspondents, including Barden, at an event in Washington, on November 23, 1946.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Task of Occupation Declared in Peril – Patterson at Dinner Honoring War Correspondents Says More Appropriations Are Needed, The New York Times, 1946-11-23, p. 28. Retrieved on 2020-11-26.
  2. Dateline: Germany, March 1950. Retrieved on 2020-11-26.
  3. Natasha Simpson. The "Woman's Angle" and Beyond: Allied Women War Reporters during the Second World War, University of Victoria, 2020-04-01, pp. 18, 73. Retrieved on 2020-11-24. “However, when American women reporters Betty Gaskill and Dixie Tighe and Briton Judy Barden requested to go, Eisenhower’s press aide informed them that 'the sharp jolt of the exploding parachute canopy’ could damage their Template:’Template:’delicate female apparatus,Template:’Template:’ causing vaginal bleeding.'
  4. Sabine Lee (2011). "A Forgotten Legacy of the Second World War: GI children in post-war Britain and Germany". Contemporary European History 20 (2): 157–181. DOI:10.1017/S096077731100004X. Retrieved on 2020-11-26. Research Blogging. “Journalist Judy Barden portrayed German women as sexual predators. With low-cut necklines and even lower morals, they were willing to trade 'candy bars and cigarettes for their souls.'
  5. Ann Elizabeth Pfau (2008). Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender and Domesticity During World War II. Columbia University Press. Retrieved on 2020-11-26. “Acknowledging the effects of fear and hunger, Barden nevertheless insisted that under similar circumstances American and British women would have behaved differently.” 
  6. Judy Barden. "The Good (Looking) Germans", Newsweek magazine, 1945-05-28.
  7. Judy Barden. Candy Bar Romance — Women of Germany, This Is Germany. A Report on Post War Germany by 21 Newspaper Correspondents. Retrieved on 2020-11-26.