German Propaganda Archive Calvin College



Background: The Nazi Party depended heavily on speakers to get its message across. Those speakers needed to be informed. The material in these guidelines was translated into thousands of individual speeches delivered in every part of Germany. I find it particularly interesting since it makes clear that the central themes of propaganda were at various times.

This is a collection of translations from the Redner-Schnellinformation, irregular bulletins sent to Nazi speakers with instructions on how to handle particular issues. They were issued by the Reichspropagandaleitung, the party’s propaganda office and were headed with the phrases “strictly confidential!” and “restricted!”

The numbering and name changed sometime early in 1944. In my collection, #71 is followed by an unumbered issue dated mid-February 1944. The last issue I have is #13 of 1944, now titled Redner-Schnellbrief. I do not know when the name changed, nor how many issues appeared. The only one I have found is Nr. 13.

Source: Incomplete runs of these are available at the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig, the Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen, and U.S. National Archives microfilm series T-81, reel 683. The National Archives material was returned to the German Federal Archives, but I don’t know their signatures. I would be happy to add translations of the issues I have not seen. Scans, if you have them, would be appreciated.

Speaker Express Information (1941-1944)


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