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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
The story of Hitler's Welshman
Radio Cymru gan William Owen Roberts
Radio Cymru tells the story of a Nazi propaganda station
A new play currently on tour is telling the little-known story of a Welshman who broadcast propaganda for the Germans during World War II.

Raymond David Hughes made propaganda broadcasts in Welsh for the Nazis during 1943.

Hughes from Mold, north Wales, was an RAF airman who worked with the traitor William Joyce, better known as "Lord Haw Haw".

Joyce broadcast propaganda programmes in English for the Germans and his voice became infamous during World War II.


Joseph Goebbels
Joseph Goebbels realised the importance of radio
A new play in Welsh - "Radio Cymru" - reveals how Raymond David Hughes did the same kind of work for the Nazis after he became a prisoner-of-war.

Hughes' plane was shot down over Germany during a bombing raid.

When approached in a prisoner-of-war camp, Hughes agreed to broadcast propaganda in Welsh for the Nazis.

Joseph Goebbels was the Third Reich's Propaganda Minister and he realised the importance and influence of mass media.

He knew that a Welsh speaker could reach a new audience.

Hughes broadcast in Welsh on Radio Metropole while two Scots broadcast in Gaelic on Radio Caledonia.

After the war Lord Haw Haw was hanged for treason while Hughes was jailed under the Treason Act, which was rushed through Parliament in 1940.

Hughes' story is told in a new play - Radio Cymru - written by Wiliam Owen Roberts.

The "Dalier Sylw" theatre company production is currently on tour at venues around Wales.

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