Nazi propaganda: home front
- Film Title
Wir Helfen Siegen [We help to win]
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Transit Film
Intertitle: "Ein Film vom Arbeitseinsatz und der Gefolgschaftsfuersorge in Heeresbetrieben" [A film about work's employment and staff's welfare in army firms] This documentary begins with graphics showing the German civilian workforce in Army firms in 1939 and 1943 and highlights the rise of women's involvement. It stresses the importance of a female workforce for 'wrestling for Germany's future'. A 'typical day' is shown: a worker's camp situated in a beautiful landscape, housing in modern buildings, working in healthy conditions, living conditions 'like at home', 'real comradeship' between the workers. Images of workshops for weapons, ammunitions, and military supplies are intended to show the importance of such work for the war effort. A pharmacy and hospital emphasize the significance of health, a kindergarten and a library that of education. The importance of balanced food and self-supply is illustrated with pictures of the kitchen and agricultural facilities. The workers relax after labor with sports or evening events offered by "Kraft durch Freude" [Strength through Joy]. The film is an eulogy about the "Schoenheit der Arbeit" [beauty of work] made possible by the modernity of Nazi Germany. The work of volunteers and of Arbeitsmaiden [working maids of the BDM] is stressed repeatedly in order to increase the Army workforce and attract support for the German war effort in general.
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