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Background: The Nazi Party depended heavily on speakers to get its message across. Those speakers needed to be informed. The following is a translation of instructions to speakers at the end of April 1942, telling them what to say about Hitler’s renewed air attack on England.

The source: Redner-Schnellinformation, Lieferung 32, 30 April 1942.

On Revenge Attacks on England

In his last Reichstag speech, the Führer called England’s attention to the fact that, at Churchill’s order, England has begun to bomb civilian targets in Germany for the second time during this war. The revenge measures that the Führer announced and which those in England thought were empty threats are already happening.

The Führer has spken, and now things will get serious! If churches and cultural monuments in England are destroyed, we will not priase the fact nor mention it in meetings and discussions. It is an unavoidable consequence of revenge.

Speakers are to emphasize these revenge measures in all meetings as strongly as possible, but absolutely avoid saying that we will cease these revenge attacks if Churchill also stops. The end of revenge attacks does not depend on Churchill, but only and solely on the Führer’s command. As mentioned, the English started these bombing attacks and are now receiving the revenge that Germany thinks proper.


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