Artikelnummer 2663

NEWSREELS FROM ALLIED OCCUPIED GERMANY 1 (2013) * with switchable English subtitles *

The guns have fallen silent in Europe; the Western Allies have consolidated control in their zones.  The Wochenschau reports with their introductory music from Liszt's Les Preludes are no longer broadcast.  But a new propaganda has replaced the Deutsche Wochenschau; it's the newsreels of the Allied conquerors:  Welt im Film.

This is the subtitled version of the first part of Europe in Ruins, long available in our webstore (and still available for those who don’t need subtitles).  The DVD opens with the last Wochenschau newsreel of March 1945, which is then followed by a Red Cross appeal of children looking for their missing parents.  The remainder of the DVD consists of Welt im Film newsreels put out by western Allies in their sectors of occupied Germany covering May and June of 1945.  The contents are as follows:


·         Hauptmann Aghta has defused 1016 bombs and is awarded with the Oak Leaves to the Iron Cross

·         Civilians are trained in the use of the Panzerfaust

·         The Fuhrer receives Reichsjugendfuhrer Axmann and twenty Hitler Youth at his headquarters

·         Exemplary service by the Kriegsmarine in evacuating civilians from West and East Prussia

·         Battlefront Stettin

·         Red Cross video of children looking for their parents lost while fleeing the Soviets

·         The unconditional surrender of Germany

·         the UN conference in San Francisco

·         the formation of the military government in Germany

·         Europe at War's end

·         the Channel Islands are liberated

·         the military government at work in Germany

·         laying telephone and electric cables under the English Channel

·         a tour of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

·         The battle for Okinawa

·         the Allies celebrate their victory in Europe

·         the German concentration camps

·         Flensburg

·         Lord Haw Haw is brought back to England

·         Crown Prince Olaf returns to Norway

·         Belsen

·         Rangoon liberated

·         rebuilding German industry

·         food for Holland

·         use of all force against Japan

·         Milan celebrates its liberation

·         Mussolini's end

·         uprising in Prague

·         Americans discover looted art at Berchtesgaden

·         defogging Germany's airports

·         water rationing in the American zone

·         the new German police force

·         the War Crimes Commission

·         carrier war in the Pacific




FILM QUALITY:  variable, but mostly soft quality