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Reichsbahn officials receive military medals; German soldiers going home on leave

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2005.64.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4239 | Film ID: 2768

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    Reichsbahn officials receive military medals; German soldiers going home on leave

    Overview

    Description
    Poor quality image. Scenes from a ceremony honoring officials of the Reichsbahn. The ceremony takes place in a large hall, filled with uniformed spectators. Reichsverkehrsminister (Reich Minister for Transporation) Dr. Julius Dorpmueller is present. The audience applauds as several men receive the military honor of the Ritterkreuz (Knight's Cross). The recipients named in the Bundesarchiv description are: Reichsbahn Oberinspektor Hellenthal, Direktionspraesident Grimm, Lokfuehrer Kindervater, Direktionspraesident Lammerts, Lokfuehrer Bierschenk and Direktionspraesident Dr. Godefroy. Josef Goebbels is also present and gives a speech. He is shown only from the back and from a distance. The camera focuses periodically on members of the audience as they listen and applaud; among them is head of the Reich Labor Front (DAF) Robert Ley. There are also some women in the audience. Although the footage is mute, Goebbels' speech is quoted in the Bundesarchiv's description sheet (available in departmental files). It says essentially, "... to work for the railroad today means to hold a great part of the war effort in one's hands. In these hours thousands of trains crisscross Europe under the direction of your comrades. They bring weapons and munitions to all fronts... We stand gathered firm and imperturbable as a people and nation in an unbreakable iron ring around our leader." The clip ends with a shot of the Reichsbahn symbol.

    01:40:07 Better quality than the previous clip. Soldiers walking down the gangway of a ship. A sign reads: "Fuehrergeschenk an Fronturlauber Ausgabestelle Memel" [A gift from the fuehrer to vacationing soldiers, distribution point Memel]. The soldiers receive their packages from a woman. They are shown boarding trains in a switching yard. A sign on the train reads, "for army soldiers only" then lists the destinations: Reval, Walk Riga, Milau, Libau, Krottingen. Men board the train and lean out the windows as the train departs.
    Duration
    00:03:50
    Date
    Event:  1943
    Production:  1943 December 17
    Locale
    Berlin, Germany
    Memel, Lithuania
    Lithuania
    Germany
    Credit
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
    Contributor
    Producer: Deutsche Wochenschau

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Newsreels.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Mixed
    Time Code
    01:36:41:00 to 01:40:31:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2768 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
      Master 2768 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
      Master 2768 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
      Master 2768 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2768 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2768 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2768 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2768 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Federal Republic of Germany. Bundesarchiv.
    Conditions on Use
    Researchers who wish to use this footage should contact the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv at filmbenutzung@bundesarchiv.de to sign a release, or submit the online request form at: https://www.bundesarchiv.de/EN/Content/Downloads/request-for-use-av-material.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this footage from the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, Germany in February 2005.
    Copied From
    16mm
    Film Source
    Bundesarchiv (Germany). Filmarchiv
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 4520
    Source Archive Number: DW 693/43
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:58:03
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