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Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda
10-22-2008, 07:47 PM,
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Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda
21st October 2008

Adolf Hitler was on the verge of creating an Orwellian-style cable TV system to broadcast Nazi propaganda around Germany.

Screens would have been set up in public places, including in laundries so housewives could tune in, according to a documentary based on papers and tapes found in his bunker.

When the Allies overran Germany, engineers were on the point of a technological breakthrough to allow TV pictures to be transmitted to screens and sound to radio receivers.

They had also recorded programmes on news, sport and education.

Prototype programmes included Family Chronicles: An Evening With Hans And Gelli, an early reality TV show depicting the wholesome Aryan life of a young German couple for the rest of the population to model themselves on.

Another plan was to show footage of executions of traitors to the Nazis.

The plans first came to light in 1945, when boxes with tapes were found in the ruins of Berlin by Soviet soldiers, the Russian documentary says.

According to the programme, the engineer Walter Bruch was asked to make 'people's television' a reality.

He tabled a document to Hitler called 'Plan to supply people's transmitter to German homes,' and the laying of a broadband cable between Berlin and Nuremberg was begun, it claimed.

A former SS officer, Curt Schulmeitser, told the programme how a relative of Hitler's mistress Eva Braun was filmed being shot after being caught trying to flee Berlin as the Soviet army advanced.

Schulmeitser said Hitler's deputy Heinrich Himmler authorised the filming and hinted it was being filmed for Hitler to watch.

He said: 'Himmler wanted somebody else in a different place to see what was going on.'

Josef Hebbels, who masterminded the plan, told Rudolph Hess's sister Margaret, who was also working on the scheme: 'We'll be able to show whatever we want. We'll create a reality, which the people of Germany need and can copy. Your task is to teach German women to live this way'.

Hitler early on realised the power of television propaganda. His address at the opening ceremony of the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936 was broadcast to system of bulky mobile TV stations where Germans could watch in town squares.

But the programme claims the Nazi leader and his scientists were planning a far more complex series of public TV screens before the allies overran Germany and he committed suicide in 1945.

The scheme is reminiscent of George Orwell's novel 1984, where Big Brother looms out from public screens entreating the subdued populace to work for the state and telling them 'Big Brother is watching you'.

The reality television show, Big Brother, in which contestants are under constant surveillance, is based on Orwell's concept.

SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
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10-22-2008, 07:58 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-22-2008, 08:02 PM by yeti.)
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Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda
How strange! Is this more spin from the Daily Mail, or what?

According to the documentary Television Under The Swastika on the tracker, they were already doing this in 1935 with thousands of televisions.

Quote:When you think "early television," you think Ernie Kovacs and The Twilight Zone and Edward R. Murrow and I Love Lucy and quiz scandals and Rockefeller Center and the NBC peacock and doctors endorsing cigarettes.

Turns out, though, that the 1950s were not the beginning of TV as a mass medium. That was happening way back in 1935, when Reich Broadcast Director Hadamovsky and his new-born "Greater German Television" began regular broadcasts to "television parlors," public places where ordinary volk could go to watch the daily propaganda, as well as to the several thousand of TV sets, with their impressive 8-by-10-inch screens, that landed in the homes of the Nazi elite.

Crap. The Nazis had TV in 1935? Turns out they thought they were in a race against time with the United States and Great Britain to bring TV to the people, so they plunged ahead with it. I guess we should be grateful they focused on television first and left the A-bomb for later. Good thing, too, or else Star Trek might have portrayed a nasty new mission.

Most of these Nazi broadcasts happened live, so there's no record of many of them, but when 285 reels of material turned up in the Berlin Federal Film Archive, German documentarian Michael Kloft went to work assembling them into the brief but spellbinding Television Under The Swastika: The History of Nazi Television, a new release from First Run Features.

First Run Features' DVD 'Television Under the Swastika' It's sort of amazing, how not different from today's TV a lot of it is. There are interviews with Nazi muckety-mucks blabbering nonsense about politics; chats with housewives and farmers about their opinions of what's going on in the world; sports -- the 1936 Olympics! (no Jesse Owens, though); cabaret acts (the dancing cowgirl with her lasso is an accidental peek inside the Nazi psyche, which clearly had a love for at least some things American); and a lot more that, except for a certain lack of polish, is recognizably what TV has since turned into.

It's all propaganda, of course -- the clips from the staged "documentary" about a camp for young women designed to turn them into good housewives is a hoot -- but hell, that's true of at least half of what we see on TV today ... and we probably don't even realize which half. Nazi TV during the war becomes more sad, or more hilarious, or both. Broadcasts ran all the way through September 1944, though by then they were mostly aimed at soldiers recuperating in hospitals, as entertainment to cheer them up. The clip about how great life is as a double amputee -- you can even dance with pretty girls after losing both your legs! -- looks a helluva lot like those 1950s hygiene films U.S. teens were subjected to a decade later. And we know how honest and unbiased those were.
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10-24-2008, 02:17 PM,
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Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda
You beat me to it.
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10-24-2008, 09:34 PM,
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Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda
So the 9/11/2001 TV mind control cast was real.
And no one ever ever figured it out that it came from Nazi Germany.


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06-08-2009, 08:31 PM,
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Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda
No more enthusiasts for the 40s when people fought and people schemed.
WWII - Nazi Television 1/8 (1999)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dx8Y7s32KY

Quote:Part 2 - A history of Nazi television programming and technology, from 1935 to 1944. The entertainment-programs broadcasted in Nazi-Germany are today unvoluntarily funny stuff

Part 2 -
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The Nazi-leaders didn`t really care much about the TV before the war, but they saw that they could entertain the soldiers with TV during the war. It shows us how the Germans came up with new technology in the television-department before the Americans and what one of the most brutal dictatorships in history did with it.
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