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Cold War on the AirwavesThe Radio Propaganda War against East Germany$
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Nicholas J. Schlosser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039690

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039690.001.0001

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The East German Campaign against RIAS

The East German Campaign against RIAS

(p.107) 5 The East German Campaign against RIAS
Cold War on the Airwaves
Nicholas J. Schlosser
University of Illinois Press

This chapter turns to the East German propaganda campaign against RIAS, examining the various efforts taken by the German Democratic Republic to stop its population from listening to the American-sponsored broadcaster. The Socialist Unity Party's media organs deployed a consistent arsenal of themes through anti-RIAS pamphlets and newspaper stories. These almost always depicted RIAS as a militaristic, imperialist organ that strove to keep Germany divided and hoped to provoke a war with the Soviet Union. However, the East German government went beyond simply attacking the station in the media. It also targeted individuals who listened to RIAS as a minority of unpatriotic, treasonous vagrants who were easily duped by the lies of the United States.

Keywords:   East German propaganda campaign, anti-RIAS campaigns, East German government, Socialist Unity Party, Soviet Union, RIAS listeners

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