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Postwar retrospective: Germany, war in Europe

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1988.184.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0020 | Film ID: 4

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    Postwar retrospective: Germany, war in Europe


    US propaganda/documentary film about World War II. A post-war U.S. narrative of intentions in Germany.
    Reel 7, Corpsmen carry wounded on stretchers. Troops cross a river and attack and capture Cologne, and advance into Germany. Shows war ruins in Julich, Cologne, and other German cities. Parade of troops through ruined cities. German refugees. Sign on wall: "Hitler ist Kaput". Troops advance. Destruction of cities. Fighting, crossing Rhine. Corpsmen treat the wounded. Red Cross ambulances. Ruins. Soldier playing tuba, others relaxing watching the "Rhine Rodeo." 04:10:52 Reel 8 shows an airborne operation. Allied troops cross flooded areas of Holland in landing craft. US Navy, parachutists. Gen. Eisenhower confers with other generals. German soldiers surrender and are interrogated. Shows German war ruins, crying women, dead soldiers, and destroyed and abandoned German war material. Allied troops welcomed, crowds waving and cheering. Gens. Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, and others visit a concentration camp and see German atrocities. Liberated concentration camp inmates are loaded aboard ambulances. German civilians with bundles. 04:21:00 Reel 9, More Germans with belongings, fighting each other for food, stealing (anti-German propaganda). Allied soldiers and tanks fight their way through a German city. Fighting. Welcoming Allied soldiers. US and Russian soldiers greet each other in Germany, toasting victory. Stadium, flashbacks show Hitler at a Nazi rally in Berlin. Nazi symbols in Berlin are destroyed, blowing up swastika.
    Film Title
    Lest We Forget
    Production:  1947
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
    Producer: United States. Army. Signal Corps.

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    04:01:06:00 to 04:25:06:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4 Video: One Inch - NTSC
      Master 4 Video: One Inch - NTSC
      Master 4 Video: One Inch - NTSC
      Master 4 Video: One Inch - NTSC
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 4 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 4 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 4 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 4 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased the collection from various sources in 1988. Footage was obtained as research for the United States Holocaust Memorial Campaign's promotional video called "A Campaign to Remember" by David Haspel & Associates.
    Entire film runs 85 minutes. See Story 133, Film ID 156 for Reels 1 through 6 of this documentary. See Stories 33, 3432, and 3433 Film ID 5 for possible duplicate footage.

    There are many familiar scenes from Signal Corps reels throughout this film.

    USHMM Protection Copy exhibiting signs of wear and tear- there is dropout beginning with colorbars and carrying through the beginning of RG-60.0020. Dropout evident through first two minutes of story.
    Copied From
    35mm; b/w
    Film Source
    David Haspel & Associates
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 1228
    Source Archive Number: 111 M 1342 R7-9
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:48:20
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