German Radio Propaganda in the Soviet Union: A War of Words

dc.contributor.advisorHerf, Jeffreyen_US
dc.contributor.authorButsavage, Christopher Jamesen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-07T05:37:06Z
dc.date.available2012-07-07T05:37:06Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.description.abstractThe focus of this study is the content of Nazi radio propaganda to and concerning the Soviet Union. The radio was a new and innovative means for the Nazi regime to directly communicate with the masses of illiterate civilians in the Soviet Union on a daily basis. This study finds that as the war in the east progressed, there was an increasingly stark dichotomy between the positive messages found within German radio propaganda and the harsh reality of the Nazi occupation. It seems almost as though there was a morbid inverse correlation between the amount of violence the Germans inflicted upon civilians (including forcibly sending them to work in Germany) and the amount of radio propaganda exhorting these same civilian populations to join the Nazi cause. It is also important to note that every German radio broadcast to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was not propaganda. In fact, by 1943, a great deal of news items broadcast on German radio in occupied territory were administrative in nature. Announcements such as local curfews, blackouts, conscription and mobilization decrees, and warnings were frequently broadcast.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/12607
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistoryen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEast European studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEuropean historyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledGermanyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledGoebbelsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNazien_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPropagandaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRadioen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledUSSRen_US
dc.titleGerman Radio Propaganda in the Soviet Union: A War of Wordsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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