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Lenger at Koenigstein in winter

Film | Accession Number: 2016.518 | RG Number: RG-60.1061 | Film ID: 4217

“W.L. Film 62,” “ Kriegsjahre auf der Festung Königstein.” Walter Lenger in his uniform filming with his camera, the Elbe river in the background. Intertitle: “Winter.” A model train snakes along a train track. Walter Lenger in a train car. The landscape outside shot from the train window. People on an icy river. A handwritten sign reads “Eisübergang.” Men walk across wooden planks on the frozen body of water. Other views of the landscape. Walter Lenger explores a snowy forest. Men walk single file across the snow and towards the camera. Panoramic view of a winding river. Walter salutes another man and they stand looking out at the view from the Königstein fortress. Various buildings in the complex. Walter walks through the snow. The watchtower. Walter runs down a snowy hill and towards the front steps of a house. He walks around the perimeter of the fortress. He knocks down a snowman. An honorary portrait statue of “FRIEDRICH AUGUST KONIG VON SACHSEN.” Walter walks across the grounds with a briefcase under his arm. He puts a gas mask on and his hat on top of it. Soldiers march past the officers, saluting. Cross-country skiing. The sunrise. More skiing. Another view of the Elbe river below, partially frozen. Snow falls off the rooftop of a building. Icicles drip and break. Melted snow runs off into a stream.

11:33:54 Intertitle: “Das Eis der Elbe bricht.” The Elbe is no longer frozen as ships move through the water. A train rolls past. The water of the river flows along. Intertitle reads, “ Hochwasser in Königstein.” The Elbe River has overflown, flooding the town of Königstein. The men go through the town on a wooden boat. Walter takes pictures. The first level of the buildings have been flooded. People walk across wooden walkways. A truck charges through the flooded streets. More views of the river. End title screen: “Ende.”

Koenigstein, Germany
Elbe River, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Agentur Karl Hoeffkes
Record last modified: 2023-11-07 12:03:00
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