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Background: This brief biography of Eugen Hadamovsky is taken from a 1943 newspaper article. The occasion was a speech he had given on 31 October 1943. I assume it was based on information Hadamovsky himself provided.

The source: Badener Zeitung, 6 November 1943, p. 2.


Eugen Hadamovsky


 

Already as a student, Eugen Hadamovsky belonged to the “Schutzregiment Berlin,” founded by Colonel von Luck. After the Kapp Putsch it used the cover name “Olympia.” After the French invasion of the Ruhr he volunteered for the 5th company of the I.R. 9, the “Gardeschützen-Traditionskompanie.” When this organization was banned again in 1925, Hadamovsky went to Italy and Spain. He had already done some study of technical and political matters at educational institutions in Berlin and held various jobs throughout Europe and Northern Africa, including being a worker and a journalist. In 1927/28 he worked as a fitter and mechanic in Arrigoriagga, a suburb of the northern Spanish industrial city Bilbao.

Hadamovsky SketchIn 1923 Hadamovsky had attended the Führer’s meetings in Munich and National Socialist demonstrations. In 1926 participated in Dr. Goebbels’s first meeting in Braunschweig. After his return to Germany, he was involved in Dr. Goebbels’s newspaper Der Angriff, then a Berlin weekly. He also became politically active in the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. He developed a plan for a party radio organization, and was appointed the first Gau radio warden of the NSDAP by Dr. Goebbels, after which he was appointed as department head in the Reichspropagandaleitung in Munich.

During the takeover of power on 30 January 1933, Hadamovsky on his own initiative organized an evening broadcast from the Reich Chancellory, then organized radio broadcasts of Adolf Hitler’s mass meetings during the election campaigns. He was then named Reichssendeleiter.

After 1933 he created the Volksempfänger [an inexpensive radio receiver]. In 1935 he began the world’s first television broadcasting company. In 1936 he participated in army maneuvers with radio propaganda units that he himself organized, the forerunners of our present propaganda companies. In 1940 he was deputy head of the Radio Department of the Propaganda Ministry, in 1941 of the ministerial office of this ministry.

As a soldier he participated in missions over Poland, France, England, and the Soviet Union. During the Polish campaign was a company commander. The Führer awarded him the Iron Cross, First and Second Classes, and the Military Service Cross, First Class. As first lieutenant with the Luftwaffe, he was a radio checker for the propaganda companies of the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht.

Reich Leader and Reich Minister Dr. Goebbels appointed Hadamovsky chief of staff in the Reichsleitung of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party in 1942. In this position, Chief of Staff Hadamovsky works with party and propaganda activities in the entire Reich.

 

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