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Amateur film of German Labor Service unit headed to the Eastern Front, including anti-Jewish indoctrination

Film | Accession Number: 2009.357.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1295 | Film ID: 2901

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).

Duration
00:16:34
Event Date
Summer 1942
Locale
Soviet Union
Poland
Language
Silent
Genre/Form
Amateur.
Credit
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
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Record last modified: 2018-11-27 11:04:56
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