Saturday, May 01, 2010

Anniversaries (journalism history)

OK, this one's a day late, but in its own disquieting way it's worth noting: Lord Haw-Haw's last commentary before the fall of Germany, April 30, 1945.

The BBC, where this is archived, isn't sure whether the commentary was actually broadcast; it was taken from a captured tape recorder. And it suggests that the slurred speech is, erm, "probably due to the effects of alcohol." (Bill Shirer had an entertaining tale of getting plastered with Haw-Haw on the roof of the broadcasting station in Berlin during a British air raid, so I'm inclined to accept that hypothesis.)

Fine archive, and I think I'll be using it in the history class this summer. No further comment is necessary.

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