Hübener left school in 1941 and joined the Hamburg Social Authority, training to become an administrator. At his new workplace, he encountered others who shared his jaundiced view of the Nazis. One of these colleagues, Gerhard Düwer, was later to join with him in forming a secret dissident’s group. And around the same time, Hübener found his brother’s broken shortwave radio set stashed in a closet at their grandparent’s home.
Hübener subsequently managed to fix the radio, and he began to tune into the BBC’s German news service. Almost immediately, he noticed the stark differences between the news that Goebbels thought the German people should hear about the war, and the information that was broadcast to Germany by the BBC.