Goebbels personally controlled all radio output in Germany and initiated the Volksempfänger (people’s receiver) program to manufacture cheap radios. So strong was his desire to ensure that all Germans would be immersed in Nazi propaganda, in fact, that he even distributed free radios on the occasion of his birthday in 1938.
And the flipside of the Nazis’ determination to have their perverted doctrine blasting out of every radio set in every home in Germany was their attitude to foreign broadcasts. When World War Two started in 1939, the Nazis declared that listening to foreign stations was forbidden, under pain of imprisonment.
Radio broadcasts were nonetheless to play a crucial part in the fate of the young German dissenter mentioned earlier, Helmuth Hübener. He was born in January 1925 in the German port city of Hamburg. His mother and grandparents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons. His step-father, though, was a Nazi supporter.