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69 Goebbels, meanwhile, set about tracking down the source of the rumour. In a radio broadcast he vehemently denied the stories, directing his trademark venom at the ‘peace-loving rumour mongers’ who had fallen victim to ‘fishwives’ gossip’70 spread by the British Secret Service. In truth, there is no evidence that the peace rumour originated in Britain. 71 But Goebbels was incensed: ‘There must be exemplary penalties’, he raged in his diary. ’72 Whatever its precise origin, the peace rumour had clearly struck a chord with the wider German public.
While the news of the outbreak of war was being solemnly digested across the city, the air raid sirens wailed into life for the first time. 31 As the opening drone of the warning siren sounded, many reacted with no little panic, unsure of where they should go. One diarist recalled the confusion: ‘Outside a strange noise is heard – up and down, down and up, a long-drawn howl. Andrik springs up. ” he cries startled. ’32 In spite of the confusion, that first raid on the evening of 1 September passed off without serious incident.
18 A serious rail crash in Berlin that autumn was also attributed to the new legislation. On the evening of 8 October, an intercity train overran a set of signals before ploughing into the back of a commuter service near the Gesundbrunnen Station in the north of the capital. In the mêlée that followed, the wreckage caught fire and twenty-four passengers were killed. The accident was initially attributed to the driver’s inattention, combined with the new and difficult conditions of the blackout.