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Olympics -- Berlin 1936

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2008.138.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4682 | Film ID: 2859

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    Olympics -- Berlin 1936

    Overview

    Description
    The first title says, "Short cross-section of the 11th Olympiad Berlin." The film seems to have been produced on orders of the Reichssportfuehrers or Reich Sport Leader. Another title on the screen says, Olympic Berlin (Olympisches Berlin).

    Scenes of the streets of Berlin decked out in flags and other paraphernalia for the Olympics and crowds in the street. Various famous locations, including the Lustgarten and the Brandenburg Gate. Shot of the Olympic flame and flags, including the American flag. The next scenes show the Olympic village, including shots of athletes.

    The next title says "The Olympic flame comes to Berlin." Shots of Greece, where the flame originated, then its progress as it is carried by athletes through several countries, including Hungary and Yugoslavia. Arrival in Berlin through crowds in the streets, including some who give the Hitler salute. The opening celebration on August 1, 1936. Military and other members of Nazi organizations march through the streets. Arrival of the members of the Olympic Committee followed by the lighting of the flame. Low aerial shot of Adolf Hitler arriving with his entourage by car. Crowds enter the Olympic stadium, followed by a long shot of the crowded stadium. A zeppelin flies low over the crowds. Hitler enters the stadium on foot, accompanied by members of the Olympic Committee (?). Brief close up of Joseph Goebbels. Hitler greets a young girl on the field. The contingents from various nations, beginning with Greece, march onto the field. Shots of the crowd watching. The athletes from Italy give a Hitler salute. The head of the Switzerland group throws a flag into the air and then catches it. 01:09:20 The small American contingent enters the stadium, followed immediately by Germany. Title: "The Fuehrer declares the ceremonies open." A gun salute is followed by the raising of the Olympic flag. Richard Strauss directs the orchestra in the hymn that he composed for the opening ceremonies. The athlete arrives with the Olympic flame and lights the torch. Graf Baillet-Latour speaks to the crowds. A title provides a quote from his speech.
    Duration
    00:11:45
    Date
    Event:  August 1-16, 1936
    Locale
    Berlin, Germany
    Greece
    Hungary
    Yugoslavia
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of William Haller

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Documentary.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Poor
    Time Code
    01:00:00:00 to 01:11:45:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2859 Film: 16 mm
      Master 2859 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2859 Film: 16 mm
      Master 2859 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2859 Film: 16 mm
      Master 2859 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2859 Film: 16 mm
      Master 2859 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2859 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2859 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2859 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2859 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    This film was given to William (Cliff) Haller's father, Charles Haller, in December 1945. Charles Haller was a sergeant in the US Army stationed in Germany after the war. The film was a gift from Kurt Metzner. Cliff Haller donated the film to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in August 2008.
    Note
    See Stories 4683-4685 on Film ID 2859 for more of this film about the Olympics.

    Copyright: The donor has no information about copyright ownership. Therefore, the USHMM treats this film as existing in the public domain.
    Film Source
    William C. Haller
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5056
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:46:53
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