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Video and Audio clips discussed in the Citizens of London.
MURROW’S ROOFTOP BROADCAST
When Edward R. Murrow wanted to broadcast live during the Blitz, British officials initially turned him down. But Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who knew how important Murrow’s broadcasts were to the British cause, overturned that decision. This is Murrow’s first live broadcast describing the Luftwaffe bombing attacks — from a rooftop in London.
MURROW’S TRAFALGAR SQUARE BROADCAST
In late 1940, during a broadcast called “London After Dark,” Ed Murrow and several other CBS correspondents reported on the nighttime sights and sounds of the British capital during an air raid. Broadcasting that night from Trafalgar Square, Murrow vividly described to his American listeners what it was like to be on the blacked-out streets of London just before a German bombing attack.
MURROW’S BUCHENWALD BROADCAST
In April 1945, Ed Murrow was with the American troops who liberated Buchenwald, one of the Nazis’ most notorious concentration camps, where more than 50,000 prisoners, many of them Jews, died during the war. Murrow’s searing, graphic broadcast of what he saw at the camp is widely regarded as one of the best radio news reports of World War II.
LONDON CAN TAKE IT!
During the darkest days of the Blitz in late 1940, the British government produced a short documentary called London Can Take It! — a dramatic, poetic tribute to the resilience and courage of Londoners during more than two months of relentless German bombing raids. Narrated by American reporter Quentin Reynolds, the film was shown in thousands of U.S. movie theaters to help persuade the American public that their country must do more to help save Britain from Hitler.