BBC Close-Up - Calling Germany

Hugh Carleton Greene, head of the BBC's German Service, describes how some Germans risk severe punishment by the Gestapo to listen to broadcasts. A few also dare to send correspondence when the opportunity arises. Among the variety of programmes and subjects offered are discussions on Hitler's speeches and a look at the ideas of Goebbels on Nazism. In fact, the service records and catalogues Hitler's speeches in order to expose flaws and contradictions. Despite attempts by the German government to 'jam' the service, it continues.

Greene visited Sweden in 1942 to investigate the effects of German jamming. He discovered that simple and straightforward broadcasts were the most audible. As a result, certain tactics were employed to overcome the effects of jamming, such as applying a more simplified presentation style and using speakers who had deep, resonant voices. Greene became the Director-General of the BBC in 1960.

↗ Originally broadcast 23 June 1943.

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