Lord Haw-Haw | The Nazi broadcaster who threatened Britain

The World at One | Richard Kupsch

A German propagandist is interviewed on his colleague, Lord Haw-Haw.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 24 November 1978

DURATION | 4 minutes 13 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1978

Synopsis

Richard Kupsch describes how he came to be a German propagandist employed alongside William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw). One of three broadcasters working together, Kupsch reveals how they came to differentiate themselves from one another with signature announcements. He also talks candidly about his impression of Joyce, remembering him as a fanatic 'more Nazi than the Nazis themselves' and feared all the more for his close friendship with Joseph Goebbels.

Did you know?

Joseph Goebbels (pictured above) was Hitler's Minister of Propaganda. He controlled all forms of media to channel Nazi doctrine to the German people and beyond. It is considered that he was responsible for the first attacks against the Jewish community that culminated in the Holocaust. He also incited violence towards other minority populations in Germany using propaganda.

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