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Memorial service for victims of Lidice; German troops leave Holland; Threat of plague in Germany

Film | Accession Number: 2008.40.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4662 | Film ID: 2850

Welt im Film. Issue no. 10 (part)

Title: In Memory of Lidice. A large crowd of people, many of whom are weeping, at a memorial service for the victims of Lidice. The narrator provides the story of the Lidice massacre: the Germans destroyed the town of Lidice and killed most of the inhabitants in reprisal for the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich in June, 1942. Czech president Edvard Benes walks in a procession. Shots of many wreaths and flags at half-mast.

01:10:08 Title: German Troops Leave Holland. German troops on a ship and on land as they leave Holland to return to Germany. Dutch citizens watch as the troops march through a village. The narrator notes that the Germans pass through the village in silence. Shot of an eagle and swastika adorned with a gas mask and American helmet. The German troops pass a sign that reads: "You are back in Germany. Don't fraternize."

01:11:48 Title: Camera Survey Venice. Damage to ships in the harbor and buildings in Venice. Allied soldiers ride boats in the Venice canals. The narrator states that Venice has become a place of pilgrimage and rest for these men. An American flag hangs from the window of a house. A canal crowded with gondolas carrying American soldiers. Shots of buildings that front the canal, filmed from a gondola.

01:14:05 Title: Allies Combat Plague Threat. Scenes of destuction while the narrator says that conditions in Germany could lead to typhus. Germans in line to receive water. A sign warns of the danger of typhus. A man wearing a gas mask leads a horse-drawn cart full of corpses down a road (probably concentration camp victims). Shots of Germans, including children, being deloused with DDT.

Film Title
Welt im Film no. 10
Event:  1945
Production:  1945 July 20
Lidice, Czechoslovakia
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:15
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