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Anschluss: Annexation of Austria

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3347 | Film ID: 2542

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    Anschluss: Annexation of Austria

    Overview

    Description
    Newsreel footage of events surrounding the German invasion of Austria.
    Intertitles read as follows:
    Austrian Chancellor Kurt Von Schuschnigg who failed to satisy Hitler's demands.
    Hitler's answer to Austria: INVASION!
    The modern Caesar triumphantly re-enters the land of his birth.
    Nazi troops give "Heil salute" casually, individually, to crowds as they pass in jeeps, armored vehicles.
    Some shop signs seen in background: Kastner, Wagons-Lits/ Cook, Mercedes. Hitler exits car to walk in street.

    From the balcony of the Imperial Palace he screamed, "75,000,000 people in one nation- - No force on earth can shake us!"

    Various shots of the Chancellor Von Schuschnigg, followed by crowd sequences, motorcades, Hitler's arrival. Several shots of crowds engaged in Nazi salute. Hitler addresses the people of Austria from the balcony of the Imperial Palace.
    Duration
    00:03:28
    Date
    Event:  1938
    Locale
    Vienna, Austria
    Austria
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Claranne Bechtler
    Contributor
    Producer: Castle Films, Inc.
    Biography
    Castle Films was started in 1924 by Eugene W. Castle, the former Pacific Coast film editor at Fox Movietone News. Castle became a successful producer of industrial and advertising short subjects. Castle began compiling shorts, travelogues and newsreels for use in schools. The lure of the home movie market proved lucrative for Castle. In 1936, they became one of the first home movie companies to actually sell their product to the general public. In 1937, Castle started Castle Films News Parade, a sort of "newscast" one could view at home rather than at the theater. In 1946, Castle Films became a division of United World Films, which in turn was absorbed by Universal in 1947. In the 1970s, Castle Films became Universal 8. Public domain status confirmed by NBC Universal.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Newsreels.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Poor
    Time Code
    01:00:05:00 to 01:03:33:11
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2542 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2542 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2542 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2542 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2542 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Claranne Bechtler, the daughter of John Christopher Bechtler, donated her father's film materials to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 1995 [Accession Number 1995.A.875]. Most of these items were deaccessioned in March 2000; 18 reels of film, however, were transferred to the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and were never officially deaccessioned or removed from the Museum's premises. They were officially "donated" again by Mrs. Bechtler in June 2003 with the Accession Number 2003.122.
    Note
    Public domain status confirmed by NBC Universal
    Film Source
    Ms. Claranne M. Bechtler
    John C. Bechtler
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 3363
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:06:05
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