Radio Retro 1938-1945
During the Protectorate, each radio receiver had to carry a warning against listening to foreign broadcasts.Foto: Khalil Baalbaki
Czech Radio presented another selection of its unique archive sound footage in connection with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The digital stream “Radio Retro 1938-1945” contained 28 hours of news, speeches and reports from the period between the end of the First Republic and the Nuremberg trials. The audio programme streamed on the internet and through DAB non-stop from 15 March (the 76th anniversary of the Nazi occupation) to 5 May (the 70th anniversary of the Prague Uprising).
František Kocourek commenting on the Nazi troops parade on Wenceslas Square.Foto: Archivní a programové fondy Českého rozhlasu
The programme of the eighth Radio Retro consisted of not only our radio archive footage and Protectorate-era Reichssender Böhmen, but also of footage that was only a few years ago transferred to the Czech Radio archives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This footage came from approximately 700 vinyl records of BBC productions that appeared in Prague after the War. They contain the “Voice of the Free Republic” broadcasts, but also reports about Czechoslovak fighter pilots in Britain, the work of bombing pilots and ground crew, and speeches delivered by politicians and famous actors in exile.
Radio Retro, taking in the period between 1938 and 1945, provided a more or less chronological overview of events. Great optimism is replaced by post-Munich disappointment, the occupation begins, the Heydrich period, the destruction of the villages of Lidice and Ležáky, Edvard Beneš gives speeches from the West, Emanuel Moravec in Prague.
The coverage of the arrival of concentration camp prisoners after the war culminates with an emotional interview that Josef Cincibus recorded with a Mrs Jedličková from Lidice. She asks the public over the radio to search for her little son, not knowing he has been dead for three years. The recording of the questioning of Lidice children at the Nuremberg tribunal is also very powerful.