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Germans in Occupied Ukraine

Film | Accession Number: 1992.252.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0650 | Film ID: 305

Footage shot by a German cameraman during Germany's occupation of Ukraine in World War II. Footage with German photographers traveling through the Ukraine photographing cities, villages, and collective farms. The most extensive footage is taken with a female photographer from her trip to Ukraine in the summer of 1943. She traveled by plane and car from southern Ukraine (the Melitopol region) just north of Crimea, then along the Dnepr River northward over Dnepropetrovsk to Kiev and then due west to Rovno and then the border of General Government.

Reel 7: 06:00:02 MS Wheat harvest, men and woman binding sheaves. Quick shot of child in garden next to house. 06:00:32 MLS fishermen on river, LS panorama of fields along river. MLS Woman carrying stack of wood on her shoulder. Shots of denuded sunflower plants? 06:01:59 MS 2 men fixing wheel on hay cart (one is German photographer). MLS Women in front of thatched roof house beating wheat sheaves. 06:02:42 Church on hillside, AVs of factory, Kiev, river. 06:03:29 Couple, child on man's shoulders walk thru field. MLS oxen pulling hay wagon with men on hay. 06:03:50 MS women in field cutting and binding wheat. CU of woman. 06:04:37 MS and CU Man banging metal gongs in church courtyard. 06:04:59 MLS women bring out coffin of child and carry it away. 06:05:22 VS Along waterfront, boats loaded with barrels. 06:05:44 MCU Three Reich German women working on behalf of the ethnic Germans in Ukraine, putting belongings on cart, including violin and bicycle. Cart drives off and German officer present. All seem friendly. 06:06:49 MS and LS Work on reservoir, many young boys, probably Hitler Youth recruited among the ethnic Germans who had been colonized in southern Ukraine, a few in uniform, boys carrying dirt clods. 06:07:56 MLS German with stave, locals in line bring up their dogs. 06:08:30 Cows in pasture. 06:09 02 MS Official with wicker basket and woven shoes. LS Horses at shaded trough. 06:09:33 Church with water wheel in foreground driven by horse power in middle of countryside. CU gears and water buckets, horse. 06:10:05 LS building with corn in FG. 06:10:10 MLS farmer with horse pulling wheat roller, barn in BG. MS woman raking hay on ground. CU of man and hand as he picks up handful of wheat and chaff.

Film Title
Event:  1943
Kyiv (Kiev), Soviet Union
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:06
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