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Nazi propaganda: war in the Balkans

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.147.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0891 | Film ID: 29

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    Nazi propaganda: war in the Balkans


    This "Sonderbericht der Deutschen Wochenschau" [Special report of the German weekly newsreel] starts on April 4, 1941 with footage of Goebbels addressing the German people via radio and von Ribbentrop delivering diplomatic letters to the ambassadors of Yugoslavia and Greece. Then soldiers, armored personal carriers, and tanks cross the Yugoslav border into Croatia from Styria, thus opening the Southeastern front of WWII after an alleged 'new provocation by the British.' German Stukas [dive fighters] and Italian warplanes fly over Greek mountains. Serbian fortresses and bunkers are captured, Serbian soldiers and defectors are taken prisoner, many of them wounded, whereas the Croatian and Slovenian population reportedly welcome the 'German liberators.' Villages are 'cleansed' from snipers and partisans, resistance is 'unrelentingly exterminated,' a 'captured Jewish officer' is shown (05:16:02). General Weichs is shown in uniform. The Slovenian city of Maribor is 'liberated,' while many Volksdeutsche [ethnic Germans] cheer. Nis (Serbia) is bombed by warplanes, the Iron Gates of the Danube are captured. The German army and Waffen-SS approach Belgrade from the Bulgarian border. After heavy shelling by warplanes, German troops invade Belgrade as the seat of the "Kriegsbrandstifter" [war incendiaries] on the Balkans. Special mention is given to the Gespensterdivision [army unit with a specter as symbol]. Most of the battle scenes were allegedly shot by Propagandakompanien [propaganda units of the army] following the soldiers closely into the fight.
    Film Title
    War in the Balkans
    Event:  1941 April 04
    Production:  1941
    Belgrade, Yugoslavia
    Berlin, Germany
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    05:00:00:00 to 05:22:08:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 29 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Federal Republic of Germany. Bundesarchiv.
    Conditions on Use
    Researchers who wish to use this footage should contact the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv at to sign a release, or submit the online request form at:

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the Imperial War Museum in London in May 1995.
    Length of entire newsreel: 37 minutes

    See Film and Video departmental files for additional documentation and a summary. See Story 890, Film ID 28 for more footage from this newsreel. Some scenes may be missing as there is an abrupt end.
    Film Source
    Imperial War Museums
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2245
    Source Archive Number: GWY 716 R3-4
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:55:04
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