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Nazi propaganda: anti-Soviet

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.147.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0894 | Film ID: 30

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    Nazi propaganda: anti-Soviet


    Images of the Dnieper River and a forest, excavations of corpses in advanced degrees of decay with visible bullet wounds. Swedish narration claims that the victims shown are Polish officers murdered by the Soviet secret police GPU in the forest of Katyn. The corpses are examined by an European commission including the former minister president of Poland Prof. Koslowski and coroners said to be from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, and Bulgaria. Piles of dead bodies are pictured, most of them hardly identifiable. Remnants of the Polish Gen. Smorawinski are shown. Relatives try to identify some of the victims by their personal items. Similar pictures of exhumed corpses of murdered Ukrainians are shown from Vinnitsa. Orthodox priests are at the scene. Victims' belongings such as private pictures, bibles, crucifixes, and rosaries are shown. A wreath is presented at the site. Corpses are reburied and the gravesites with crucifixes are blessed by Bishop Gregory. Ends with narration about the danger to European culture and civilization posed by the Jewish invention of Bolshevism.

    Historical context: Katyn near Smolensk was the site of a massacre of about 4400 captured Polish officers by the Soviet secret police NKWD after an order given by Stalin on March 5, 1940. After occupying the territory surrounding Katyn, the Germans gathered an international commission to exhume the corpses April 13, 1943 to make a propaganda gain by blaming the massacre on the Bolshevists. After recapturing the area in 1944 the Soviets authorities exhumed the bodies again and blamed the massacre on the German army. It was not until April 13, 1990 that the Soviet government acknowledged its responsibility for the massacre.
    Production:  1943
    Katyn Forest, Soviet Union
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    01:13:50:00 to 01:26:33:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 30 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 30 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.
    To understand the propaganda context of the movie better, someone with proficiency in Swedish needs to review this film.

    Parts of the film's German version are in Story 233, Film ID 200. Another version in Swedish with a different commentary is held in the Imperial War Museum under GWY 750. See Film and Video departmental files for additional documentation and a summary of the film.
    Film Source
    Imperial War Museums
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2247
    Source Archive Number: GWY 733 R1
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:55:04
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