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ADOLF HITLER PLANNED PROPAGANDA CABLE TV
Plans for the system were first found when Soviet soldiers entered Berlin but have recently been reexamined by researchers for a new Russian documentary.
The Orwellian screens would have been set up in public places and would show “people’s television”, depicting how the Aryan race should live, with the Nazis focusing on news, sport and education.
Ideas included building rooms beside laundries so women could gather round the TV to watch the broadcasts.
Prototype programmes included Family Chronicles: An Evening with Hans and Gelli, which was an early reality TV show depicting a wholesome Aryan life of a young German couple.
Engineer Walter Burch was asked to make the idea a reality, and tabled a document to Hitler called “Plan to supply people’s transmitter to German homes” which would result in the laying of a broadband cable between Berlin and Nuremberg.
Other plans included showing footage of executions of Nazi traitors.
Curt Schulmeitser, a former SS officer, told the programme how a relative of Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun was filmed being shot after trying to flee Berlin.
It was implied by Hitler’s deputy Heinrich Himmler the filming was for Hitler’s benefit.
He said: “Himmler wanted somebody else in a different place to see what was going on.”
According to the programme Joseph Goebbels, leader of the Nazi Party’s propaganda unit, realised the potential of the visual image: “The advantage of a visual image over the audible broadcast is the audible becomes a visual image with the help of an individual’s imagination, which can’t be kept under control. Regardless, each will always see his own.”
Hitler used live TV signals to broadcast his speech at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games, and he continued to film his speeches and parades realising the power of television propaganda.