Education and Banking
Ian Garden was born in Muir of Ord in the Highlands of Scotland. He attended secondary school in Edinburgh. In 1980, Ian graduated from the University of St Andrews with an honours degree in French and German . The following year, after post graduate studies at Napier University, he joined the Bank of Scotland (which subsequently became HBOS).
During his 27 years with the Bank, Ian served in a wide range of locations. His roles ranged from heading up the Telecom and Power teams in Project Finance to opening the Bank’s first office in Germany in 1993.
Ian and the history of World War Two
It was during Ian’s 30 month posting to Frankfurt that Ian really had an opportunity to indulge his interest in the history of World War Two, and since leaving the Bank he has spent much of his time viewing and researching a whole range of feature films and documentaries produced during the Nazi era. Ian was assisted by the Frankfurt Film Museum and also the Imperial War Museum in London for whom he subsequently provided summary reviews of their lesser known Nazi films.
Books by Ian
The results of his research are summarised in a book called The Third Reich’s Celluloid War, published by The History Press in February, 2012.
Ian's published his second book, Battling with the Truth in July 2016. This book examines which side was more truthful in its press and newsreel coverage of key events during World War Two. The findings make fascinating reading.
Talks and Lectures
Ian gives regular talks and lectures on various aspects of film and media propaganda in war time and also runs a series of related film classes at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh each spring.
Ian’s other interests include Robert Burns, travel, rugby, golf, football and local history. He is currently working with a film production company on a potential series of films about Nazi film and media propaganda and he is about to start work on a project which sub-titling one of the Nazis’ Irish films – The Fox of Glenarvon.