Max Benzler was born in 1923; his father was a doctor. In 1939 he started an apprenticeship at the Elektrotechnische Werke in Stettin, and started listening to “enemy stations” after the war broke out, on a radio he had made himself. He discussed the programs with a friend from work, noting down slogans. The two of them thought about whether short extracts from news programs would be suitable for painting on walls. Benzler was denounced by his colleague in late 1942. The other man was angry with Benzler for calling the Waffen-SS, which he was to be drafted into, the “Lichterfelde murder headquarters.” Benzler was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment on February 19, 1942.