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As a member of that board Kiesinger was,
in the name of the Foreign Ministry, a shareholder in the company to the extent
of ten million Reichsmarks. He was, furthermore, the liaison officer between
the Foreign Ministry and Interradio; if the various departments of Interradio
did not follow the directives issued by the regional offices of his department,
he had authority to make them do so.
Interradio's policy objectives are
clearly set forth in a document dated November 5, 1941:
After our victory in this war, the energies
now devoted to fighting can be rechanneled to the construction of a new Europe
under German authority. Persistent political and cultural work for several
decades to come should root out all forces and ideologies hostile to the German
way and to National Socialism. That is why the Reich has always been interested
in constructing a network of German controlled broadcasting stations abroad....
The foreign broadcasting stations that Germany controls or influences will
at first be under the supervision of the central departments in Berlin. They
will be a means of warfare to bring about in due time a truly forward looking
contribution to German culture, science, and economics, which will thus
actively promote the grand design of Germany's policies.
the directors of Interradio were not only citizens fulfilling their duty as
combatants in the civilian sector of the Fatherland during the war, but they
were also the future builders of a new Europe to be dominated by Hitler.
The following document, issued in March 1942, gives an accurate picture
of the extent of Kiesinger's influence at Interradio:
Authority over the political content of the
Foreign Ministry's broadcasts is not limited to the text of news programs
alone, but extends to all Interradio programs. You are requested to take note
of the fact that Herr Kiesinger, director of the department of foreign
broadcasts, has been appointed permanent liaison officer between the Foreign
Ministry's broadcasting department and Interradio. Herr Kiesinger is in charge
of issuing all directives concerning general propaganda broadcasts to other
countries and of their execution.
In 1943, Kiesinger was
appointed deputy director of the broadcasting department. He also remained
director of Bureau B and was made director of the second general division,
Bureau A, which