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Broadcast Policy in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

Power Structures, Programming, Cooperation and Defiance at Czech Radio 1939-1945


Peter Richard Pinard

Hitler’s regime invested heavily into radio as the most modern media of its era. First in Germany, later in Austria and the Sudetenland, Joseph Goebbels motivated his Volksgenossen to become active radio listeners. But what approach did the regime take to the first non-German people occupied – the Czechs? How would Czech Radio’s staff and listeners respond to Nazi-dominated programming? What strategies of defiance and what options for cooperation existed? What role did Nazism’s core theme of anti-Semitism play? Which Czech societal groups did the Nazis try to reach most? This book casts a spotlight on the effects of the occupation authorities’ policies on specific programming content, as well as on radio as a medium in the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
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15. List of Programs

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Bereme si vzor z Říše (“Let’s take an example from the Reich”) – A series starting in the Summer of 1941 and dealing with topics such as Speer’s plans for recreating Berlin, etc.

Bericht zur Lage – Aktualita – A daily news report program from the Wehrmachtpropaganda Office covering the day’s main events in the theaters of war.

Budujeme! (“We Build!” in German: “Aufbau!”) – Launching in May 1942 and running roughly twice per week through March 1943 as part of Ferdinand Thürmer’s reforms at Czech Radio, “We Build!” was a series of mostly 10- to 15-minute lectures on the ostensibly positive work that Nazism was undertaking in Europe featuring contributions especially by activist journalists such as Karel Werner, Karel Korp, A.J. Kožíšek, Vladimír Ryba and Alois Kříž himself. It generally ran in a late evening time slot after 22:00 hours.

Časové úvahy (“Time Considerations” in German: “Zeiterwägungen”) – Short political commentaries by Karel Korp intended for a working-class audience. Korp’s programs ran roughly from late 1941 through late 1943.

Co dalo Německo světu (“What Germany Has Given the World”) – An academic Czech-language series of four 15-minute lectures on Germany’s culture and past running from mid-October through mid-November 1939.

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