Nazi Radio Propaganda
Radio broadcasts played a major part in the Nazi propaganda machine. The Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, even arranged for the production cheap types of radios , known as ‘People’s Receivers’. Goebbels’ first cheap receivers were deliberately designed to have a limited range, so that foreign broadcasts could not be heard. The Nazis also made it a treasonable offense to listen to oversees broadcasts. Anyone caught doing so faced a spell in a feared concentration camp and in the first year of the war alone, 1500 Germans were imprisoned for listening to London-based broadcasts. Radio propaganda was broadcast in public places as well as in the workplace, on a regular basis.
The Living Bridge: On the Nature of Radio Warden Activity
German Propaganda Archive
Radio in Nazi Germany
History Learning Site
Transdiffusion Broafcasting System
These were a range of cheap radio receivers developed by engineer Otto Griessing at the request of Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.The purpose of the Volksempfänger-program was to make radio reception technology affordable to the general public. Joseph Goebbels realized the great propaganda potential of this relatively new medium and thus considered widespread availability of receivers highly important.
Nazi Radio Propaganda in Latvia 1941-1945