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Germany before and after Hitler

Film | Accession Number: 2002.549.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3508 | Film ID: 2570

Montage showing in contrast the peaceful life in Germany before and life in Germany during Hitler. Two barefooted, weary men sleeping in park. Woman walking through alley looking in garbage cans. Children in slum street. Boys training in the Nazi Farm Corps. LS, fountain in park. CU, plow breaking ground. 01:12:30 Night scenes: Nazis on the march; burning of books. 1 shot of fires inside synagogue (authentic?). Jews being beaten in streets. HS, German troops, Wehrmacht, on parade. (Good) Montage: Activity in German factory; Montage, German Luftwaffe and Panzer attack. Tanks superimposed over corpses of civilians. Burning cities. Pans, women running through the ruined streets of the Berlin city. Women and children running through bomb-wrecked street. Pans, devastated area in large German city. LS, bomb wrecked street heaped high with rubble; 01:14:44 lone man walking through. German digging potatoes in gardens; watering gardens, ruins in bg. Women clearing rubble. 01:15:31 Newspapers produced by M.G. roll off presses. Binding of booklets. Sculptured head of Goethe superimposed over books by Goethe and Schiller. "How will it be? Like this? or like that?" Many contrasting images, including bookburning in '33. "The choice is ours. It's up to you. It's up to everyone who loves peace and freedom."

Production:  1948
Berlin, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:42:01
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