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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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16. Glossary

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Alt-Parteigenosse (“Old Party Comrade”) – People whose membership in the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (NSDAP – Nazi Party) dated from before the party’s take over in January 1933.

Altreich (“Old Reich”) – In the context of the 1930’s and 1940’s, Germany in its borders of 1937, i.e., prior to any expansions into neighboring territory.

Český národně socialistický tábor-Vlajka, (ČNST-Vlajka – “Czech National Socialist Camp-Banner”) – A collection of Fascist groups from the fringes of Czechoslovak society, which attempted to seize power and/or blackmail the Protectorate government while obsequiously seeking to curry favor with the Nazi occupation authorities.

Deutsche Dienststelle (“German Service Office” – The main liaison office between Czech Radio and the Office of the Reichsprotektor. De facto the political directorate of Czech Radio under chief censors Walter Maras and Georg Schneider.

Deutschlandsender (“Germany Station”) – The Reich’s super-regional station located near Berlin, broadcasting on long-wave and audible throughout most of Europe.

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