Hungary (Radio Propaganda)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 26th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that the Hungarian Government has been broadcasting statements to the effect that the Anglo-Saxons are dropping dolls, rattles and other toys filled with explosives; and what steps he is taking to counteract this propaganda which is detrimental to the war effort.

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

When the Germans dropped their paratroops in Hungary and occupied all the principal Government departments they included some of Dr. Goebbels' merchants of lies. These representatives of the German propaganda Ministry seem to suffer from laziness of imagination. For they have resurrected the fly-blown story of explosives in dolls and rattles which was blared out early in the war by German radio stations, and long since laid aside.

Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Bulgarians are using the same old lie; and would he make it clear, in all our broadcasts in that part of the world, that people who do broadcast such lies, will have a very high priority on the list of war criminals?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I do not think you can really give a high priority on the list of war criminals to liars—at any rate, professional liars trained by Dr. Goebbels.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Will the Minister satisfy himself that we have the means of covering Hungary on medium wave radio in order effectively to counter this propaganda?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

We certainly have the means. In fact, the radio facilities available to the Government at the moment are unexampled throughout the world.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Is not war itself a lie?