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German TV documentary film on antisemitism (reel 4)

Film | Accession Number: 2001.359.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3313 | Film ID: 2506A

Close-up of the Nuremberg Laws, as published in the Volkischer Beobachter. Aerial shots of rows and rows of tents at the Reich Party Day are followed by aerial shots of rows and rows of barracks at Auschwitz. Staged scene of a Nazi judge sentencing to death a Jew who violated the Nuremberg Laws. Biographical information on Wilhelm Stuckart, a Wannsee conference participant and his connection to Globke: they co-authored a commentary on the racial laws. Quick shots of Nazi judge Roland Freisler presiding at the trial of the 20th of July plotters. Bookburning scenes and post-liberation scenes of corpses, while the narrator quotes Heinrich Heine. Street scenes followed by mention of paragraph 5 of the Nuremberg Laws, the paragraph that defines who is a Jew. Shot from the well-known footage showing a Nazi threatening an old lady with a whip. Shots of young children in an orphanage. The narrator asserts Globke's involvement in the case of a Jewish couple who had adopted a non-Jewish child. Globke rejected the written plea of the adoptive parents and the child was taken from them. The parents were both later gassed in Majdanek. The scenes include postwar shots of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, a West German town where the family lived, demonstrating that the East German filmmakers had the ability to film in West Germany or worked with West German cameramen.

Film Title
Aktion J
Production:  1961
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Stiftung Deutsches Rundfunk
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:21:10
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