Nazi Radio Propaganda

radio propaganda“”What the press has been in the Nineteenth Century, radio will be for the Twentieth Century.” (Goebbels)

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.


Prof. Frank Chalk, November 1999
MIGS Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

The Living Bridge: On the Nature of Radio Warden Activity
German Propaganda Archive

Radio in Nazi Germany
History Learning Site

The Radio as the Eight Great Power
by Joseph Goebbels
German Propaganda Archive

Transdiffusion Broafcasting System

The master’s voice
Radio had come of age in Europe, empowering the Nazis by giving global voice to Hitler, while the BBC’s hand was being forced by Chamberlain
The Guardian

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.

Audio Download:
German Radio Propaganda
Internet Archive

Nazi Radio Propaganda in Latvia 1941-1945
Latvian History


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