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German military welcomed in Estonia

Film | Accession Number: 2005.180.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4247 | Film ID: 2781

Reel 2: 00:24:31 A German military convoy crossing a bridge into a town (Narva, Estonia). Panning shot of a long line of German soldiers on bicycle riding down a dirt road. Men with armbands herd a group of captive local men and women down a street. (Bundesarchiv notes the men with armbands are likely affiliated with a local Baltic security service.) Several panning shots of German soldiers and locals standing and talking in a street. CUs of Russian soldiers taken captive, marching next to a train depot.

Reel 3: 00:26:50 Several quick shots of captured military supplies/munitions. Soldiers loading a gun cart onto a train. Shot of a street full of dead horses. Panning shots of a bombed out building, followed by numerous destroyed train cars. View of a bombed, smoking Reval, Estonia from a distance. Soldiers walking, followed by a shot of a barricaded street. A group of local men and women in armbands sing as they march with guns through the street. Several CUs of locals smiling and talking with German soldiers. Women waving and one woman hugs a German soldier. Panning shot of St. Olaf's church and the market square around it, full of people. Old women talking with German soldiers. Several different shots of groups of locals gathering in the street/square, smiling and talking with soldiers. Locals seem to be welcoming the German soldiers; an elderly gentleman and his wife shuffle sideways so as to be prominently in front of the camera; shot of women climbing into a military vehicle with a swastika; local man clapping in the middle of several German soldiers.

Event:  1941
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:04:11
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