Nazi Airwaves in the Second World War
By Nathan Morley
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This hardback book is an in-depth look at German home service radio stations and a fascinating insight into how the Nazi war machine sought to shape public opinion at home and abroad.
Radio Hitler follows the life of Deutschlandsender, the Nazi equivalent of BBC Radio 4, and its sister stations that transmitted to Germany and the world at large. Using first-hand interviews, archives, diaries, letters and memoirs, this book examines what Nazi radio was and what it stood for. Detailed here is the vast 'fake news' effort, which bombarded audiences in the Middle East, Africa, the United States and Great Britain. A light is shone on the German home service stations that, with their monumental announcements including Stalingrad, the assassination attempt on Hitler and the invasion of France, provided the soundtrack to everyday life in WWII. Details of entertainment shows and programmes designed to lift morale on the Home Front are abundant and offer a fresh insight into the psyche of the nation. The book also looks at Nazi attempts to develop television throughout Germany and in occupied France.
The author had unlimited access to former Reich radio studios and transmitter sites in Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna, as well as to a vast archive of recordings and transcripts. The result is this fascinating and revealing portrait of propaganda, communication and media in Nazi Germany.
Size: 156x 234mm, 288 pages, Hardback
ISBN: 9781 3981 0446 4