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March of Time -- outtakes -- Ship launching at Swedish harbor; Red Cross ships with POWs

Film | Accession Number: 2001.358.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3002 | Film ID: 2386

1021 V (09:06:25): Managing Director Heden in office. Gothenburg ship-building and launchings: Tug attending launching. Bows of ship. LS, stern of ship and harbor. Deck of a newly-built ship, waiting to be put to sea since the outbreak of war. View along the deck. Ship entering floating dock. Ship-building yard showing lower deck plates of ship. Director Heden and his wife ascending stairs prior to launching. Ship's side with flag decorations. Launching platform with ship's bows. View of shipyard. MS, launching platform. Mrs. Heden coming down steps with bouquet. Launching of the ship. General view of ship-building yard after launching, watching workmen laying center keel for new ship. Shot of crowd of workmen in the yard. LS, new ship at sea, rails in FG.

1021 W (09:13:33): Red Cross ship "Atlantis" entering free harbor in Gothenburg. CUs British wounded soldiers. Watching "Atlantis" arrive, crowded with German prisoners. View up the side of another Red Cross ship, "Empress of Russia." Ship's crew cheering. Another German Red Cross ship, the "Rugen." British wounded on promenade deck of the "Rugen." Stern of the "Rugen" with more British prisoners, German POWs on dockside. British wounded boarding the "Empress of Russia." Swedish ship "Drottningholm" in Gothenburg harbor. British wounded on deck. CU, two Australians. British repatriated wounded soldiers on dockside of harbor. Disabled pilot getting his hair cut on deck of "Drottningholm." Two British wounded soldiers showing each other family photographs. CU, hand holding photos. British wounded walking up gangway, crowds of wounded in BG. LS, the Crown Princess (Princess Louise) and Crown Prince of Sweden with backs towards camera. Princess Louise coming down gangway of "Drottningholm." Crowd of enthusiastic wounded cheering the Princess. Swedish Lottas (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps) at work in the field kitchens on the dockside. Lottas distributing food to the wounded soldiers. CUs, same.

NOTE: The Red Cross exchanged 5,175 totally disabled prisoners of war between Britain and Germany at the port of Gothenburg. Among the vessels used was the Swedish American liner Drottningholm, which sailed October 19 for a British port with 1,362 soldiers. (From December 20, 1943 memo from Leona Carney to James Shute, in NARA files, copy in USHMM files.)

Event:  1944 September
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:03:33
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