Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Goebbels' Total War speech

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.244.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4866 | Film ID: 2866

Search this record's additional resources, such as finding aids, documents, or transcripts.

No results match this search term.
Check spelling and try again.

results are loading

0 results found for “keyward

    Goebbels' Total War speech


    List of PK cameramen. Wide shot of the huge crowd in the Berlin Sportpalast gathered to hear Goebbels' Total War speech. In the speech, Goebbels made repeated reference to the Jews and the danger they supposedly pose for Germany and Europe, but none of this language appears in the newsreel version of the speech. The first part of the newsreel has a voiceover that summarizes what Goebbels says, over shots of people in the crowd listening intently and cheering enthusiastically. Excerpts from the narration include (not a word-for-word translation): The Wehrmacht serves as the only protection for the European continent against the storm raging from the East this winter [Bolshevism]. The German people do not think of compromise but only of hard war. Goebbels lists the different types of citizens he has invited to the Sportpalast to hear his speech. While he names these groups the camera picks individuals and groups out of the crowd. They include: wounded soldiers, winners of the Iron Cross, armaments workers, doctors, artists, and German women (the women shown wear the uniforms of a Nazi womens' organization). Original sound begins when Goebbels begins to list the ten questions that he is putting before the German people, including: "Do you want total war? If necessary, do you want a war more total and radical than anything that we can even imagine today? Are you ready to follow the Fuehrer as the phalanx of the homeland, standing behind the fighting army and to wage war with wild determination through all the turns of fate until victory is ours? Are you resolved to follow the Fuehrer through thick and thin to victory, and are you willing to accept the heaviest personal burdens?" The crowd jumps to its feet and chants "Fuerher Befiehl, wir folgen!" Among those in the crowd are Albert Speer and Robert Ley. Goebbels ends the speech with the famous line, "Now, people, rise up, and let the storm break loose!" [Nun, Volk, steh' auf, und Sturm brich los!]" The crowd rises to its feet and salutes, while singing Deutschland ueber Alles.
    Event:  1943 February 18
    Censor:  1943 February 24
    Berlin, Germany
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
    Producer: Deutsche Wochenschau

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    01:31:58:00 to 01:37:30:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Federal Republic of Germany. Bundesarchiv.
    Conditions on Use
    Researchers who wish to use this footage should contact the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv at to sign a release, or submit the online request form at:

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this footage from the Bundesarchiv in December 2008 for use in the special exhibition, "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda."
    Translation of Goebbels' questions to the audience taken from Randall Bytwerk's translation of the speech, available on the website of the German Propaganda Archive at:
    Copied From
    Film Source
    Bundesarchiv (Germany). Filmarchiv
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5261
    Source Archive Number: DW 651/1943 R1
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:56:13
    This page:

    Download & Licensing

    In-Person Research

    Contact Us