ERWERBSLOSE KOCHEN FUR ERWERBSLOSE (1932)
Moving documentary about the unemployed running a soup kitchen for the benefit of the massive numbers of hungry unemployed people out there. As the film states: “30 cents a day will provide a warm lunch for three people! Become a member of the Union of Kitchen Workers for the Unemployed and contribute your monthly subscription of 30 cents!” A message, which unfortunately resonates all too familiarly to this day.
Approximately 10 minutes. No dialogue; musical background. German intertitles with switchable English subtitles. Overall, very good quality.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE 05001 BORSIG (1934)
Short documentary film about the construction of a new locomotive in the Reich.
Approximately 12 minutes. No dialogue; musical background. Overall, unsharp and fuzzy quality.
ERNSTES LERNEN – FREUDIGES SCHAFFEN (1937)
Film about young women hired by the NSV to care for young children, the sick, the needy. This particular film deals with their training in dealing with young children. A very heartwarming film, which leaves one wondering at the end about the positive benefits of a community welfare system all must take turns serving in.
Approximately 16 minutes. In German with switchable English subtitles. Overall, very good quality. However, this was obviously recorded off a television set, as one can hear "foreign" noises in the background (papers being shuffled; etc.)
GESUNDE FRAU – GESUNDES VOLK (1937)
Another propaganda film along BDM lines, in which the message is beaten home, that a woman who exercises and competes Nordically is not only healthy, but superior to those who don’t. Nice figures to look at, at least.
Approximately 10 minutes. No dialogue; musical background. Overall, decent quality.
PRIVATE FILMS FROM THE REICH (1934 – 1942)
A collection of private films covering a variety of topics by different filmmakers, which show that it wasn’t all fun and wargames in Hitler’s Germany.
Approximately 58 minutes. No dialogue; musical background. German intertitles with no subtitles. Overall, excellent quality, depending on the source material.
Dutch-language documentary film about the infamous Leon Degrell, who managed to escape the fate of a lot of his buddies at War’s end by taking a plane away from the battlefield. Useful, if you understand Dutch.
Approximately 10 minutes. In Dutch with no subtitles. Overall, poor quality.
WIR LEBEN IN DEUTSCHLAND (1943)
Very brief excerpt from a now lost film, which spoke volumes about the situation in Germany in 1943. A man arrives in a town unknown to him and stops strangers to ask directions. Unfortunately, there are so many forced laborers and foreign Wehrmacht volunteers in Germany these days, that no one speaks English. Sort of like asking for directions in most of Phoenix, Arizona.
Approximately 1 minute. In German with switchable English subtitles. Overall, excellent quality.
TOTAL DURATION: APPROXIMATELY 117 minutes.