The propaganda of April-May 1945

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Signal

Post by JLEES » 16 Apr 2005 17:06

Was the Signal a monthly publication?
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Signal

Post by TePe » 16 Apr 2005 23:53

James,

It was issued twice a month.

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Post by JLEES » 17 Apr 2005 00:33

Thanks again for the information Thomas.
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Post by Valtoro » 06 May 2005 11:58

Frontpages in Norwegian Newspapers in may 1945, including "Fritt Folk" the offical paper to the Norwegian Nationalist Socialist Party (Nasjonal Samling/NS)

http://www.nordiki.no/1945avis.htm

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Fritt Folk

Post by JLEES » 06 May 2005 22:36

Valtoro,
Do you know what types of articles thay printed?
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Post by Valtoro » 06 May 2005 23:07

If you are thinking general; about 98% political stuff, just like the Volkischer Beobachter and Der Sturmer.


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Post by JensC » 07 May 2005 14:47

The "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" has today a major article about the spreading of the german capitulation through the media in 1945. This article also explains the german media in the last weeks.

Cinema:
- 25.3.1945 last "Wochenschau", although "only very few people could have seen it"

Newspapers:
- "Signal", "Das Reich" published till the middle of Apirl
- Munich edition of "Völkischer Beobachter" last printed on 30. April, but not delivered
- 2. Mai: closing of last major german newspapers. ("Hamburger Fremdenblatt", "Deutsche Nachrichtenbüros Hamburg")
- from now on only minor local newspapers still under controll of the german gouverment

Radio:
- 19. April: Stop of "Deutschlandsender"
- 24. April: Stop of "Reichsender"
- 3. Mai: Stop of the Hamburg Transmitter
- Around the 5. Mai the transmitters "Bremen", "Alpen", "Donau" (austrian territory) and "Friesland" (on dutch territory) stop
- From now on the gouverment of Dönitz only has the weak Two-KW Transmitter Felnsburg and two drivable Transmitters

Hope this helps you to get an impression of the german Propaganda "machine" in the last weeks.

Source: FAZ, 7. Mai, Nr. 105/Page 31

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Propaganda

Post by JLEES » 07 May 2005 14:59

Jens,
That was most interesting! I believe the US Army took Munich on April 30. It's interesting that they were publishing the Völkischer Beobachter right up until the city was occupied.
James

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Post by JensC » 07 May 2005 21:14

Thanks JLEES.
And you are right Munich was taken by the US Army on April 30th. I didn't knew that.
I wonder what the content of that edition was.

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Völkischer Beobachter

Post by JLEES » 07 May 2005 21:50

I bet there were stories about the Battle of Berlin and what Europe would look like with an Allied victory. These were standard Nazi propaganda themes of that period. I wonder if some of the last Völkischer Beobachter issues were saved for historical purposes?
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Post by JensC » 07 May 2005 23:17

You captured my interest! I just searched a bit and found that my university (Bonn) apparently has the "Völkischer Beobachter" on Microfilm up to the edition of 28th April 1945!
If I find the time next week I'll try to take a look at it.

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Völkischer Beobachter

Post by JLEES » 08 May 2005 12:02

The last issues would be interesting to read. Especially the sections covering the Battle of Berlin. They would be pure propaganda. I'm wondering if they were still speaking about the possibility of victory for Germany at that point in the war.
James

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Re: Propaganda

Post by varjag » 24 Jan 2009 12:14

JLEES wrote:Jens,
That was most interesting! I believe the US Army took Munich on April 30. It's interesting that they were publishing the Völkischer Beobachter right up until the city was occupied.
James
The last issue of the Volkischer Beobachter in Berlin was April 28th, Varjag

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Re: The propaganda of April-May 1945

Post by JLEES » 24 Jan 2009 14:20

How was this issue published with the US Army occupying the city where it was printed for eight days? They would have been aware of the significance of the Völkischer Beobachter. Or, was it also printed in other cities?
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Re: The propaganda of April-May 1945

Post by varjag » 25 Jan 2009 12:36

JLEES wrote:How was this issue published with the US Army occupying the city where it was printed for eight days? They would have been aware of the significance of the Völkischer Beobachter. Or, was it also printed in other cities?
James
I understand that the Volkischer Beobachter was also printed in Berlin......The first newspaper to appear there after it's fall - and the German surrender, appeared only about a week later :) . It was the Taegliche Rundschau under a Russian editor. But was churned out on the very same presses, responsible for that last issue of the 'Beobachter' :lol:

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