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Prevention of rickets (osteomalacia) in German children

Film | Accession Number: 2004.713.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4312 | Film ID: 2739

The title appears superimposed over a British flag. Children with rickets (osteomalacia) are superimposed over a map of England. The narrator claims that the English tried to use rickets as a war weapon against the Germans. A doctor examines a child with the disease. The narrator explains the cause of rickets over an animated diagram of a bone. More children and infants with rickets are shown and symptoms explained, and the narrator explains that for women the condition can preclude vaginal delivery of children. The narrator explains what prevents rickets, as a woman is shown breastfeeding her baby and ensuring that he gets time in the sun. Cheerful music plays, happy children play in a sunny park, and infants in outdoor playpens play with each other. Children are shown exercising and a young child happily eats fruit. The narrator enumerates the foods that children should eat in order to prevent rickets. Scenes of children playing in winter as the narrator says that the danger of getting rickets is especially great in the sun-poor winter months. Children playing at Reich-sponsored winter sports. Nurses weigh and measure babies. A doctor examines an infant and hands the mother a vial of vitamin D. A nurse places a baby under a sun lamp. A woman dispenses Vitamin D drops to her child as the narrator states that National Socialist Germany is ensuring that the English disease never becomes a German disease. Shots of happy, smiling children and children running into the ocean to swim.

Production:  1941
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Library of Medicine
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:51:18
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