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Collection Area
Information & Communication
Radio and TV
medien.welten (media.worlds)
1930 - 1939

Third Reich Radio, Type VE 301 Dyn

Ingelen, Vienna, since 1938


Volksempfänger (people's receiver)


The cheap Volksempfänger radio receiver is to ensure that every family in the Third Reich can afford a radio device in order to facilitate reception of national socialist propaganda. Only Third Reich radio stations may be listened to.

In the Third Reich, public broadcasting is used for propaganda purposes and the programme is set up under the supervision of Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. In order to reach the widest audience possible for Hitler's diatribes, as many fellow German citizens as possible are to be equipped with radio receivers. 28 radio manufacturers are instructed to jointly manufacture a standardised and appropriately cheap radio receiver, the Volksempfänger (VE 301). It is priced at 76 German Reichsmark. In contrast, citizens of Jewish origin are forbidden to own radio receivers from 1934 onwards.

Due to the huge sales success, the Deutsche Kleinempfänger DKE (German small receiver) is introduced to the market in 1938 at a selling price of 35 German Reichsmark. It was purposefully designed to only receive the regional German Reich broadcasting stations and none of the many foreign stations. It is soon commonly known as Goebbelsschnauze – Goebbel's mouthpiece. After the start of the war in 1939, the Extraordinary Radio Measures Decree comes into effect, threatening punishment for the interception of enemy broadcasts in form of incarceration or even death.

Inv.Nr. 55324
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