Josef Bürckel boards airplane
Josef Bürckel at an unidentified airfield in Austria. Bürckel wears a light-colored raincoat (IWM notes that he wears civilian clothes and therefore this is before his appointment as Gauleiter of Vienna on January 30, 1939). Bürckel is surrounded by men in both civilian clothing and Austrian Nazi uniforms who talk to him and try to get his attention as he crosses the airfield (Including bespectacled man in brown shirt with armband and tie, Josef Helferich, Gauleiter of Gau Steiermark, and Odilo Globocnik). Several of the men have cameras. As Bürckel approaches his plane (a Lufthansa Junkers Ju 52) a large crowd is visible, held back by uniformed men forming a cordon. Some of the men present Bürckel with gifts. The group of men watches as the plane takes off. The plane has Erwin Böhme D-ATON written across the side and a swastika on the tail. After the plane takes off the camera lingers on the group of men, some of whom are wearing black SS uniforms that they adjust and brush off as if the wind from the plane blew something onto them.
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