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John Christopher Bechtler Collection

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2003.122
Collection Summary
John Christopher Bechtler was a U.S. soldier in Berchtesgaden in April-May 1945, serving with the Counter Intelligence Corps. He arrested and interrogated various Germans at the end of the war and collected these films. Another reel of amateur black and white film footage documenting Bechtler’s activities in Munich immediately after the war was donated in 2007 including shots of U.S. military personnel, the Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC), and war ruins.
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US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Claranne Bechtler
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Anschluss: Annexation of Austria

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3347 | Film ID: 2542

Event Date
1938

Luftwaffe officers & Goering's staff tour Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3349 | Film ID: 2544

Event Date
October 1942?

Hitler's butler's home movies; Oswald Mosley, BUF in London

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3350 | Film ID: 2545

Event Date
1938 and 1936

A. Fokker films: von Richthofen's "Flying Circus", WWI aces

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3351 | Film ID: 2546

Event Date
1916-1918

A. Fokker films: von Richthofen, Goering, WWI flying aces, Fokker

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3352 | Film ID: 2547

Event Date
1916-1918

Goering, Galland, Luftwaffe senior officers; Goering's train (Sonderzug) at HQ, Eastern Front; Goering's photographer Eitel Lange

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3353 | Film ID: 2548

Event Date
Summer 1941,1942

Goering's private train (Sonderzug) and staff; Luftwaffe officers at HQ Eastern Front; Romanian air force visitors

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3354 | Film ID: 2549

Event Date
1941, 1942, 1943

Hitler's butler's home movies; maiden voyage of KdF ship "Robert Ley"

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3355 | Film ID: 2550

Event Date
1939

Goering, Messerschmitt, Galland, Milch, Luftwaffe troops; Goering & the fast train in E. Prussia

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3356 | Film ID: 2551

Event Date
1942-1943

Oswald Mosley, British Union of Fascists, Manchester

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3358 | Film ID: 2553

Event Date
1930s

Home movies: Hitler's major domo swimming; swans; rowboat

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3359 | Film ID: 2554

Event Date
1938-1939?

War in the Pacific, kamikaze attacks, USS Franklin bombed

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3360 | Film ID: 2555

Event Date
1943-1945

Filmstrip: German defenses in France

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3640 | Film ID: 2614


Ships in iced-over Rhein; Sinking of English ship; "Altmark" in Norway

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3924 | Film ID: 2700

Event Date
1940 February

German invasion and occupation of Poland; arrest of men in Bromberg (Bydgoszcz)

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.4281 | Film ID: 2552

Event Date
September-October 1939

Invasion of Poland; Poland surrenders

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.4282 | Film ID: 2552

Event Date
October-November 1939

German activity at the Westwall and the French border

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.4283 | Film ID: 2552

Event Date
December 1939

German troops in France; Hitler in Memel

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.4284 | Film ID: 2552

Event Date
1940 January

Polish prisoners; British Courageous air carrier; German ships

Film | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.4285 | Film ID: 2556


Ruins in Munich

Film | Accession Number: 2007.145.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4612 | Film ID: 2839

Event Date
after 1943
 
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