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Carl Schurz Tour of American professors and students through Germany in summer 1934

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1946 | Film ID: 4265

REEL 5. The centennial performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Villagers wear costumes and act out the story of Jesus’ Passion. EXT, crucifix on the playhouse, Nazi banner. Man pulls a cart with luggage. Schurz group takes tourist photos of the town and visit Ettal Abbey (a Benedictine Monastery). The tour continues by bus and train, the guests read, chat and nap, including Professor Schreiber, Professor Wannamaker, Mr. Gonsa, Professor Hickmann, President Schanz, Mrs. Tillman, Mrs. Wells, Professor Cargoshaw, Mrs. Fuller, Professor Marriot, Professor Washka, Dr. Betten, Professor Raschen, and Mrs. Vogel. Landmarks in Munich, including Frauenkirche, the New Town Hall, and the Deutsches Museum. INT museum - some exhibits show mechanisms moving, like the wheels on a railway engine. Ornate royal coach of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Germany’s first automobile. The group moves outside to see other objects in the museum’s collection: windmills, airplanes, ship propellers and meteorological observation equipment on the towers of the building. In Heidelberg: train station, castle above the Neckar River. The group takes a funicular all the way up the hillside. Panoramic view of the land below. They drink tea at a restaurant on the Königstuhl summit. The Speyer Cathedral. Panoramic view of Saarbrücken. The group enters a city with numerous German flags over the streets. The narrator states that there is soon to be a plebiscite, so people are displaying their love for their country. Inscription on the facade of one building: “Deutschland, und wenn Dich das Elend umnachtet wie haben Dich lieb wie nie zuvor.” Other inscriptions proclaiming the population’s love for Germany. Group tours the Völklingen Steel Mill. Smoke rises out of a smokestack, the owner of the mills, Hermann Röchling, chats with the group. The American visitors bus to Trier: marketplace, Porta Nigra (Roman city gate from the second century), ruins of the Imperial Thermal Bath complex.

Film Title
Germany 1934
Film Collection Title
Herbert Davis Vogel Collection
Event:  July 7-August 9, 1934
Oberammergau, Germany
Munich, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Saarbruecken, Germany
Trier, Germany
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Transit Film
Record last modified: 2020-02-04 10:39:20
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