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Touring Berlin, postwar

Film | RG Number: RG-60.2711 | Film ID: 964

Five men in uniform, including Stevens entering large German building with columns, this is apparently postwar as they are not in combat uniform. One-legged civilian on cane walking down street, pan across devastated part of Berlin. Shot of famous columned gate: the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, sign reads: "British Sector", civilians and others are walking about. (Berlin was divided into Soviet, American, British and French sectors. The Brandenburg Gate was the demarcation line between the Soviet and British sectors of the city. In the BG there are the remains of the Unter den Linden, one of the most fashionable streets in pre-war Berlin.) Series of signs in Russian. VS of other buildings, including one with horseman on top. VS inside courtyard of heavily bombed building. Bicyclists and jeep coming down bombed street, German civilians cleaning up, including line of about 20 women passing buckets. (An all-women workforce was conscripted to clear up the rubble of Berlin once the war was over, their menfolk being either dead or prisoners of war.) Shot of the Reichstag, Russian soldiers having their picture taken in front of this building. Traveling shot, down railroad track, train coming toward (and under) camera. Statue of a horseman with man standing next to it. Stevens and others inside the Olympic Stadium. Camera pans to plaque reading: "16 August 1936 in Olympic Stadium in Berlin" with reference to Adolf Hitler. Pan of stadium area, VS of diving board and Olympic swimming pools. GIs taking pictures around the stadium. Shot of Capt. Holly Morse, shot of Sgt. Bill Hamilton. Scene shifts to a beach area with bathers (possibly at a lake or the sea.) Brief scene of someone putting on a golf course.

Pan of building, a Russian sign in front of it, several other Russian signs, presumably in the Eastern Sector. Additional shots of destroyed buildings with single walls standing. Jeep with Hamilton and Holly Morse driving in front of German building, insert of a Russian sign, CU of identity card with Russian, American and British flags on the cover. Three German women and two children wheeling and old man down the street. Woman, possibly Russian, directing traffic with yellow and red flags. A group of Russian soldiers walking leisurely down the street in formation. Another platoon of Russian soldiers walking past a building, marching towards camera, two civilian women with child and baby carriage, a man and two women carrying belongings on back walking down the highway. VS of civilians moving along with their personal possessions.

Event:  1945
Production:  1945
Berlin, Germany
Potsdam, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2021-10-06 16:20:07
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