Radio: Sign-Off

The loudest propaganda machine in history, the German radio, stumbled through its death-scene to musical accompaniment, finally died away piecemeal. Berlin began broadcasting in spasms, grew fainter & fainter, fell silent without a sign-off.

On the Bremen wave length, Lord Haw-Haw denounced Bolshevism—and tried it again in Hamburg. The words were indistinct ; Lord Haw-Haw was patently stewed.

With Berlin and Bremen silent, Hamburg became the official broadcaster of the German High Command's daily communiqués (which fell hours behind schedule "owing to communications difficulties"). Dr. Karl Scharping, propaganda pet of Goebbels, asserted from...

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