Voices in Ruins: German Radio and National Reconstruction in by Alexander Badenoch

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90 As consumer items, radio sets held a special status somewhere between luxury and necessity. Immediately after the war, any device that could be made to function was generally used gladly, no matter how improvised. 95 Though they took note of this degree of listener ‘loyalty’, it did not make the Allied occupiers complacent. 96 As I will show in Chapter 5, this assessment showed an incomplete understanding of the habits and preferences of Germans with regard to their local stations. 97 There had indeed been ceremonies to mark the occasion at each of the stations, the identification announcements no longer announced ‘a station of the military government’, and in the American zone, even the names of the stations had changed, but from the point of view of station staff or daily programme, there were no other immediate changes.

This, too, is the title of an operetta and . . ’129 Suddenly, Heimat was not lost in space, but in time, and not so much a place that could be escaped to in any physical sense, but rather an experience of loss that must be escaped from. Introduction and Contexts 33 Land’s portrayal of Heimat as ‘just a word as long as you are at home’ returns us to the notion with which I began this discussion: Heimat is ultimately a vision of normality. This is perhaps its greatest affinity with radio, and it is small wonder that Heimat was one of the terms most often connected with the radio after the war.

11 All attempts to put the disjointed events of the entire outside world into a tame, coherent narrative must only be partially successful. Ambiguities in the connections between stories will always be evident in which readers (or listeners) can make their own connections. 13 The need to produce knowledge from conflicting reports of questionable authority, led to unprecedented, if often misplaced, confidence in these individually produced narratives. The Security Service of the SS noted in 1943.

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