Amateur film of German Labor Service unit headed to the Eastern Front, including anti-Jewish indoctrination
Amateur film with German titles shot by a member of the German Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) [State Labor Service] records scenes of cordial contact between Germans of this non-combatant (railway repair?) unit and local Polish and Russian civilians, some female, before the unit entrains for their Eastern Front destination of Stalingrad (not seen) during the German advance in the summer of 1942.
Scenes include: "Lichaya the Steppes Town", traveling through Legionowo (Central Poland), bartering, soldiers ("Class of 1924") attending an anti-Jewish indoctrination lecture (classroom interior with a poster showing an antisemitic caricature of a Jew at 01:06:52), kitchen and laundry scenes, a camouflaged tent encampment at Oskoshnoye, Russian peasants "fleeing from the Soviet hordes", German military grave markers, sign for Belgorod military hospital (Russia), cooking and receiving rations, German RAD man and Rumanian soldier guarding marshalling yard, and tracking shots past Narewka (Eastern Poland) and Zelwa (Volkovysk region, Poland).
- Film Title
Ein Film aus dem Zeitgeschehen. Aufnahmn aus Russland Sommer 1942. Das "Paradies" [A Film from Contemporary Life. Pictures from Russia, Summer 1942. The "Paradise"]
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
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