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Two police officers who were at last week's Group of Seven (G7) summit in Germany face disciplinary action for playing over the radio an excerpt of a wartime speech by Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported. 


The two officers, from the western city of Bonn, had been deployed as part of a 23,000-strong force guarding the meeting of heads of state and government in Elmau, Bavaria.

Five days before the start of the G7 summit, the officers broadcast via private radios a famous 1943 speech in which Goebbels asks a large audience gathered in Berlin: "Do you want total war?"

The two officers were caught because all radio traffic around the summit meeting was being monitored as a security precaution.

A spokeswoman in Bonn told Spiegel the actions of the officers had "shocked and disappointed" the police department, and that disciplinary procedures had been launched.