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Opening of Reichstag, 1933

Film | Accession Number: 1991.260.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0279 | Film ID: 201

Church bells pealing; VLS tilt up and down from Garrisonkirche to crowd. Wearing formal dress, Hindenburg, Blomberg, Himmler et al. leave the church, accompanied by clerics, and get into a car. Very crowded scene of soldiers and citizens, including brief shot of men standing on base of large statue to be above the crowd and have a better view. Brownshirts struggling, arms linked, to keep crowd under control. Hitler and others walk down crowded, soldier-lined road in morning coats. LS from above of general scene; enthusiastic crowd. INT shot, Hindenburg speaks. Elaborate baroque INT of Reichstag, packed with people; tilt up, then down to Hindenburg speaking. Brief: cannons go off. Crowd scene. Parade begins. Extreme HA view of goosestepping, long-coated soldiers. CU various VIPs, including Kronprinz Wilhelm and von Mackensen (according to shot list). Also von Papen. Troops on horseback. CU Hitler watches, smiles, salutes at SA.

NOTE: For an extended description of the events that day, see William Shirer, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," pp.246-249 (paperback edition).

Genre
Newsreel
Duration
00:02:42
Event Date
1933 March 21
Locale
Potsdam, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Language
German
Genre/Form
Newsreels.
Credit
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv
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Record last modified: 2018-04-26 13:44:17
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