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German forced laborers in Lithuania in 1942

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.461 | RG Number: RG-60.7084 | Film ID: 4452

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    German forced laborers in Lithuania in 1942


    Forced (or foreign) laborers from the occupied territories (Ostarbeiter) being transported from Russia into the Reich, to Tilsit , in the formerly Russian-controlled part of Lithuania (Tilze, now Sovetsk, Russia). Filmed by an anonymous soldier. Shows the train station where the laborers are registered, deloused, and fed (this is the border station at Krottingen in Eastern Prussia, a sign is visible in the delousing segment, now Kretinga in Western Lithuania). Shows the administrative apparatus of the German forced labor system, as well as the people from the occupied territories. Includes shots of the “Wehrmachts-verpflegungsstelle”, the delousing unit including a crematorium, and the cargo wagons used to ship people from the East to the western parts of the Reich.
    Film Alternate Title
    Transport of Forced Laborers from the East from Leningrad to Tilsit 1942
    Event:  1942
    Tilze, Lithuania
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Österreichisches Filmmuseum
    Camera Operator: Unknown German soldier

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    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a digital copy of the original film from the Austrian Film Museum in 2012 as part of the Ephemeral Films Project.
    This film is featured in the Ephemeral Films Project: National Socialism in Austria. Watch the historic film through an innovative film player showing contemporary images, geographical mapping, and shot-level analysis at

    The formerly Soviet-controlled part of Kretinga was captured at the beginning of the war against the Soviet Union. Kretinga was also the site of one of the first large-scale destruction of Jews when between June and July when the SS, SD and Lithuanian police massacred the Jewish population of the town as well as the Jews in the Tilsit region.
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    16mm at 20fps
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    Österreichisches Filmmuseum
    Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History
    File Number
    Source Archive Number: 0001-09-0453
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    2024-02-21 08:04:19
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