Rumors about Berlin changing its name (28 April 1915)

A German newspaper spread the following rumour about Berlin changing its name: The name of the Canadian town Berlin was to be changed to Kitchener because the English population did not like the current name any more. The false story also said that police officers would go through the streets searching for German people and arresting them and that the Canadians were afraid of German attacks and therefore were guarding all public buildings. The article feared that German newspapers would be forbidden soon and then the German Canadians would only hear about the war from a British perspective.

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(„So schlimm ist es dann doch nicht“, Berliner Journal, 28 April 1915)