New in paperback - In-depth look at German home service radio stations during WW2, this is 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 also shone on the 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 Nazi Germany. Details of entertainment shows and programs 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. A rich cast of characters is featured throughout, including Ernst Himmler, brother of Heinrich, who worked as technical chief at Deutschlandsender, and Lord Haw-Haw, the infamous British mouthpiece of the Nazi propaganda machine. Nathan Morley 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 a fascinating and revealing portrait of propaganda, communication and media in Nazi Germany.
About the Author
Nathan Morley is the author of Radio Hitler: Nazi Airwaves in the Second World War. He is a journalist based in Nicosia and has worked for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, as well as Austrian radio ORF and Vatican Radio. He enjoyed a decade-long career as a news anchor on Cyprus state television and radio. Wolfgang Bauernfeind is a German radio historian, journalist and academic.
'We’ve all known the contribution Nazi propaganda made to the success of the Third Reich. None was more important that exploiting the new technology of wireless. In his brilliant critique of Goebbels’ web of lies and deceit, Nathan Morley gives us the details of how, where and when.', Peter Caddick-Adams