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David O'Donoghue Collection

  • IE DCUA C4
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  • 1995-2021

This collection includes an audio documentary Hitler's Irish Voices about the Irland-Redaktion radio service, 1939-1945, and an audio interview with creator Dr. David O'Donoghue about the documentary and his PhD thesis 'Hitler's Irish voices: the story of German radio's propaganda service, 1939-1945', (1995), Dublin City University.

O'Donoghue, David

Hitler's Irish Voices audio documentary

Hitler's Irish Voices is an audio documentary, created and produced by Dr. David O'Donoghue. It was first broadcast on Radio Kerry on 26 October 1998 and includes interviews about the pro-German propaganda radio service, Irland Redaktion, which broadcast from Germany during the Second World War, from 10 December 1939 until 2 May 1945. This documentary includes recordings of interviews with Francis Stuart, Hans Hartmann, Elizabeth Clissman, Hugh Byrne, Seán Ó hEochaidh, Maurice Irvine, and Ludwig Mühlhausen.

Running time:

00:00-01:00 Introduction

01:00-01:47 William Brook Joyce's [Lord Haw-Haw] introduces 'our Sunday night service in Gaelic' for Irish listeners.

02:06-02:39 German radio talk in Irish (voiced by Eimear Ó Broin)

05:54-08:22 Hugh Byrne, Donegal fisherman, talks about German academic Ludwig Mühlhausen who studied Irish from 1927 to 1937

09:18-11:30 Seán Ó hEochaidh, Donegal folklorist, who taught Ludwig Muhlhausen Irish, describes a Garda Síochána dawn raid on his home in Teelin, Donegal, after Mühlhausen sent Christmas radio greetings to him on air in December 1939.

17:40-19:55 Dr Hans Hartmann explaining the importance of Irish neutrality for Germany's war aims. Includes discussion on his Irish phrases.

21:02-22:14 German Radio's Flashback feature on historic acts of British terrorism in Ireland during the War of Independence, 1919-1921.

22:29-23:16 Maurice Irvine, BBC wartime monitor, describing the radio output from Berlin, Germany.

28:45-30:36 Francis Stuart talks about Dr Hans Hartmann sacking him from the Irland Redaktion in January 1944, because he refused to do anti-Russian talks.

30:42-32:01 Francis Stuart's regrets, 'I was too close to a brutal and barbarian regime'.

32:14-33:22 German Radio's anti-semitic material broadcast to Ireland (voiced up by actors).

35:12-36.57 Elizabeth Clissmann, Sligo, on German Radio's plan to stop Franklin Roosevelt's presidential re-election in 1944.

40:18-42:26 William Brook Joyce's [Lord Haw-Haw] final broadcast on 30 April 1945.

42:48-43.41 Dr Hans Hartmann describes his final broadcast to Ireland on 2 May 1945.

Production information
David O'Donoghue is the creator, scriptwriter and narrator of this audio documentary. Fred Meijer was technical director.

O'Donoghue, David