For about four minutes on Wednesday evening this week, Chicago cops’ radios were dominated by an unauthorized transmission of a partial rebroadcast of an Adolf Hitler speech from a 1935 Nazi propaganda film.
As The Chicago Tribune reports, based on numerous key words in the fragmented transmission, the audio seems to be from a Hitler speech in Leni Riefenstahl’s film, “Triumph of the Will,” said Imke Meyer, a professor of Germanic studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Numerous key words were audible, among them ‘Deutschland’ (Germany), ‘Partei’ (party), ‘Volk’ (the people – the German people would be referenced in this context), ‘Jahrtausende’ (millennia – a reference to the idea that the Third Reich would endure for thousands of years to come), ‘Reich’ and ‘Fuhrung’ (leadership),” Meyer, who is also director of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at UIC, said in an email.
Meyer reportedly said the movie is a “pseudo-documentay of the German National Socialist Party’s 1934 convention in Nuremberg.” The audio transmission that interrupted police frequencies seems to be from “the part of the film that presents Hitler’s closing speech at the convention.”
While not confirming the content of the unauthorized broadcast, Melissa Stratton, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, has said the city is investigating.
She said it was a “rogue radio transmission,” a general term for unauthorized transmissions, and not a city user accidentally broadcasting his or her own audio.
The Tribune notes that at one point during the rogue transmission, a radio dispatcher told police units to switch to a different channel if they had any emergencies.
“We have a rogue radio,” the dispatcher said.
As the interruption continued, the same dispatcher later said, “A little bit of an officer safety hazard on the zone at the moment, so anybody with any emergency please switch over to a citywide.”
We are counting down the minutes until the left jump on this and draw parallels between hitler and the police. Just one thing…
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