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Burning Russian villages; German officers examine papers

Film | Accession Number: 2005.180.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4254 | Film ID: 2784

Reel 1: 00:00:00 Panning shot of a village on a hill, with many of the buildings on fire. A German soldier walking through a street fires a (flare?) gun into an open doorway of a building. Another soldier walks up to a home, breaks a window and throws in a hand grenade; cameraman starts to pan away as the explosion knocks him over; subsequent shot shows half of the home blown away. Panning shots of burning, damaged homes. Brief shot of German soldiers cooking. Several shots from different angles of groups of Russian locals (only women and children) fleeing down a country rode with bundles and cattle. 00:02:43: German soldiers search/interrogate Soviets in civilian clothes, Soviet soldiers.

Reel 3: 00:03:14 Russian prisoners (first a group of soldiers then a group of civilians) march down a street under German guard. German soldiers sort through a pile of mail on the ground. Soldiers watch a burning town from the opposite bank of a river. Different shots of German soldiers on guard in a forest, horses are present. Several German soldiers carry a wounded soldier through the forest. German soldiers threaten several surrendering Russian soldiers in the forest.

Reel 4: 00:05:15 A German officer carrying papers approaches a small group of officers; they salute and examine/discuss the papers. A soldier on a horse approaches, dismounts and carries orders to the group of officers. Different views of the officers talking and looking at papers. Soldiers are dispatched with orders, including several on horseback. Soldiers on a motorcycle approach a sign in the middle of a long country road and turn around. 00:08:13 CU of sign: "Fahrzeuge Feindeinsicht" [Vehicles visible to enemy]. CU of soldiers on motorcycles looking at a map. CUs of destroyed Panzers, Howitzers and other military vehicles abandoned on the side of the road. Panning view of a large city with a large church from a distance. Shot of numerous German graves on the side of the road. German soldiers work to dig a trench. CUs of soldiers resting/reading in the trench. Soldier reading "The Front". A German soldier looks out from a wooden palisade in the forest. German soldiers advancing through a forest, crawling on a hillside, looking over. Small group of Russian prisoners (?) sitting in a field, a Panzer drives past behind them. A halftrack advances through a field. German soldiers mill about by a burning building, with CU of building. Soldiers turn a portable gun around in a field. A soldier eats berries off a bush. 00:13:12 Vehicle with sign 'OKH-Ausbildungsfilm" moves quickly past camera, close view of face in drivers seat. Car pulled by two skeletal horses ridden by a young Soviet boy. WH on rear, license plate IA-230 701. A German officer sits on a car fender and ponders a map. 00:14:04 German officer and others, thatched houses in background. Various scenes of German officers consulting maps. Large collection of troops, vehicles, equipment assembled and on the move. CU of a German soldier with a dirty face. Officers sit at a table and discuss papers.

Event:  1941
Soviet Union
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:51:42
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