Berlin Radio reports - May 28, 1938
Berlin Radio reports: Czech Troops on the border - a whiff of the abyss.

May 23, 1938 – ‘Today The Weather For Berlin Is . . . Fine’

Czech Troops - a whiff of the abyss.

Berlin Radio: Czech Troops on the Sudeten Border – a whiff of the abyss.

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News for this day in May, 1938 comes by way of Berlin Radio, broadcasting the news in English. Reports claiming three more Czech border provocations along the disputed Sudeten territory, with German border guards “harassed” by Czech troops. Reports claimed ten Czech soldiers were attempting to blow up a bridge which was said to have crossed into the German frontier. Reports also claimed Czech soldiers were attempting to set fire to another bridge, which was shared by Germany and Czechoslovakia. A Czech plane was said to have strayed into German territory. Berlin radio reported the plane “suddenly caught fire”, and came down on Czech territory. The rumors and the saber-rattling continued.

Berlin Radio also reported the results in the municipal elections in Czechoslovakia and the overwhelming victory of the Konrad Heinlein’s Sudeten German Party. It was seen as a clear indication the Sudeten-Czech territory was safely on the side of Germany in this land dispute. The report went to claim even the French and British Press were in favor of a resolution of the Czech-German dispute.

Berlin Radio also went on to report the rumors of secret arms shipments to South Africa and impending disturbances in Southwest Africa weren’t true.

Back to the Czech situation. It was reported that, even though the situation seemed to be calm and upbeat, there was a severe dip in the British Stock Market, amid war jitters. Not all was calm – not all was optimistic.

All this, and much more via the German Radio and its International News broadcast for May 23, 1938. All in all, an interesting document of what the news of the day sounded like from Nazi Germany which was being monitored in the States at the time. Needless to say, hardly any of these survived.

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4 Responses

  1. Andrew Steinberg says:

    This is from May 23, 1938

  2. Jim Widner says:

    Gordon, the report indicates in the audio that Konrad Henlein began talks “today” with Premier Hodza. Those talks began on May 23rd. I have a copy of this audio and I have it dated May 23rd, so wonder if your disc is some kind of rebroadcast or distribution date.

    • gordonskene says:

      It could very well be that over time, the print on the disc (pen) has blurred and the 3 became an 8. It happens quite a lot.