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Russian prisoners

Film | Accession Number: 2005.180.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4273 | Film ID: 2790

Reel 1: 00:00:00 Russian civilian women roasting grain in troughs over fire pits in a wooded area, German soldiers present. Scenes of women running while carrying baskets and sacks; struggling through an opening in a fence, under the watch of a German soldier. Panning shot of long line of women with bundles waiting. Local men and women watch a long column of Russian prisoners (appears to be both soldiers and civilian men) marching; several CUs of the men in the column. Soviet POWs in a camp mend their clothes, one completely naked. Russian prisoners carrying logs, large mass of prisoners visible. Panning shot of a camp holding thousands of Russian prisoners, some working (sewing, washing, cooking), most waiting in a large pit. 00:05:36 A German soldier beats Russian prisoners, causing a small stampede. Prisoners move in a long column, German soldiers marching in foreground. Prisoners pass food down a line. Several different views of the vast number of Russian prisoners.

Reel 2: 00:07:03 Columns of German soldiers marching, standing at attention, a destroyed building is in the background. CU of an officer looking at the camera. Several CUs of young German soldiers (wearing uniforms of Panzer Corp), smiling and talking. Same young soldiers in conversation with an officer. Officers, including one with Iron Cross in conversation with two women and others. German soldiers/officers relaxing and talking, walking arm in arm, drinking.

Reel 3: 00:09:36 German officers checking the documents of Russian POWs, CU of local women writing on documents. CU of a prisoner holding up his papers (not high quality enough to read), followed by a panning shot of Russian prisoners holding their documents in front of them. Busy scene of prisoners, German soldiers, civilian secretaries processing documentation. Partially naked Russian prisoners being examined/measured, receiving medical treatment. Scene inside a barracks with the Russian wounded covering the ground. CU of a local girl posing for the camera. Airfield, high German officers and visiting high Spanish military personnel. 00:11:56 CUs of posters detailing what appear to by army movements/battle plans(?). Scenes of German officers walking along nicely kept garden path, towards camera, in ones and twos. Abandoned/destroyed Russian tanks litter the side of a road. Local girls walks two cows along road past tank. Cossacks on horseback parade slowly, holding small flags with swastikas. Large eagle emblem in background. 00:15:40 Close views of German and Cossack men in uniforms, arm in arm, up city street, includes Luftwaffe officers, possibly Paul Koerner.

Event:  1941
Soviet Union
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:51:44
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