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German military on Russian front; man hanged for sabotage of German communications

Film | Accession Number: 2005.180.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4253 | Film ID: 2783

Reel 1: 00:37:22 Russian peasants standing in the street of a city, camera follows as they walk away. A group of German soldiers talk on a field phone/repair communication lines. A building in the background has the words "Gef. Sammelstelle" hand-painted on it. CUs of soldiers tying telephone wires together. CU of a soldier using a teletype. Different shots of soldiers on horseback and military vehicles crossing a pontoon bridge over a wide river. Camera pans across a wooded area with a large Russian made defensive trench. CU of two signs reading, "Abstände halten. Fliegergefahr!" and "Bozuly 1km". Several slow pans across a river and a bridge with a long column of German soldiers leading horse-drawn supply wagons across.

Reel 2: 00:41:43 Russian peasants (men, women and children) working on in forest, cutting logs to build a dugout. CU of a sign reading "Villa Erika. Eintritt nur Dienstlich (Official business only)". 00:43:48 Male in cap, military pants and boots, hanging from tree, swinging slightly in breeze and dappled light. CU of a handwritten sign in poor Russian on a tree that reads: "Hanged because near Nikolaevsky a German cable was severed" with a slowly swinging body behind it. Several different views of the body, including CUs of the face and feet. Slow pan across a large pile of artillery shells in cases, with a sign reading "Bummsdorf, Kreis Petersburg, 0,1 km". Flash view of German sign: "Feuerstelle".

Event:  1941
Soviet Union
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:04:12
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