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Backing HitlerConsent and Coercion in Nazi Germany$
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Robert Gellately

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.001.0001

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Enemies in the Ranks

Enemies in the Ranks

(p.183) 8 Enemies in the Ranks
Backing Hitler

Robert Gellately

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how Germans responded to other measures of the dictatorship that had little or nothing to do with race. Germans were subject to war measures acts that were introduced at the outset of the war to regulate social, economic, cultural, and political life. The ‘extraordinary radio measures’ of 1 September 1939, which forbad listening to foreign radio stations, deserve special attention because they pertained to efforts to police the private sphere. Until that point in time, the dictatorship had relied on cooperation between the police and the people. The new system produced a radical version of surveillance and control. However, the new radio measures represented something new, because the object of the exercise was not only to control public behaviour, but to determine what people heard, even in the privacy of their homes.

Keywords:   Nazis, Germans, censorship, extraordinary radio measures, police

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