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Goebbels Silence Spurs Reich Rumors on His Fate; Seen Discarded As Gesture to Reds

September 20, 1939
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Travelers returning from the Reich told today of rumors that Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, who has disappeared from German press and radio activity, has been put into the discard by Chancellor Hitler as a gesture to cement Soviet-Nazi relations. One of the rumors said to be circulating in Germany is that Goebbels is dead.

Germans were reported to be astonished that Goebbels, formerly the Government’s most active anti-Soviet and anti-Jewish spokesman, has not made a single speech since the war started. Newspapers, it was stated, have even stopped printing his name.

No measures, according to the returned travelers, have thus far been taken by the Government to contradict the rumors. The Berlin correspondent of the Algemeen Handelsblad reported that a Goebbels broadcast, scheduled for Sept. 9 and then postponed to the 14th, has been cancelled without explanation.

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