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Birthrate enouraged, children & mothers, twins, triplets

Film | Accession Number: 2004.740.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4050 | Film ID: 2708

Film encourages German women to have children. Film opens on an hourglass in the Glockenturm in Berlin. The narrator notes that in the five minutes that it takes the hourglass to empty, approximately fifteen children are born in Germany. However, "this is still not enough, if Germany wants to maintain its place in the world." Graphics illustrate the birth rate in Germany in the years since 1871, with a low point of 15 births per 1,000 citizens in the year 1933 and rising dramatically after the Nazis took power. Similar presentation of the marriage rates in Germany. Shots of flowering tress, a woman holding an infant, and a close-up of a smiling baby. The narrator announces that we are now in the world of our youngest. Shots of babies; interior with many babies in cribs; a woman feeds a smiling baby from a bottle. Women (nurses? nannies?) ina garden-like setting feed infants. Shots of naked infants and toddlers watering a small tree, on a swing in a playground. Children in baby carriages on "their first big trip out" to the park. Wide shot of a path and a meadow in the park with many women and children, and a few men: families with many children, as the narrator notes approvingly. More scenes of happy children frolicking in the park. Children who are just learning to walk; a group of young girls pushing baby carriages. Girls tend to their dolls. Over one shot of two dolls tucked into a baby carriage the narrator says, "twins are especially beloved." Real twin babies are shown in a carriage, and the narrator notes that in 1936 there were more than 16,000 born. More twins, including two older twin girls sitting on a bench doing schoolwork. The camera focuses on what they are supposedly reading, which is something to do with being future mothers (cannot read the writing). Shot of a graphic of a cross with a Swastika in the middle. Triplet boys and girls; there were 176 triplet births two years previously, according to the narrator. Occasionally quadruplets are also born. Quadruplets shown on the screen, as well as a couple of shots of balloons which have cartoons of black children imprinted on them.

Event:  1939
Berlin, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:51:38
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