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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.
Credit
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

Date
Event:  1938

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

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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  1916-1918
Production:  1918

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

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

Date
Event:  1916-1918
Production:  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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  1942-1943

Oswald Mosley, British Union of Fascists, Manchester

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

Date
Event:  1930s

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

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

Date
Event:  1938-1939?

War in the Pacific, kamikaze attacks, USS Franklin bombed

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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  1940 February
Production:  1940

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

Date
Event:  September-October 1939
Production:  1939

Invasion of Poland; Poland surrenders

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

Date
Event:  October-November 1939
Production:  1939

German activity at the Westwall and the French border

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

Date
Event:  December 1939

German troops in France; Hitler in Memel

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

Date
Event:  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

Date
Event:  after 1943
 
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