Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008
Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were working on a Big Brother-style cable television propaganda industry to be broadcast across Germany.
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.
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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.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 4:28 am