1. BILDBERICHT NR. 5 - 1933
Put out by the National Film Office for the NSDAP in Halle an der Saale in 1933, this film highlights some of the events for the year, in which the Nazis took over power in Germany. First, there are films from Sachsenhausen (widely known) showing the internment of Communists and Socialists in the concentration camp. Then there are pictures of Air Force Captain Kohl visiting Halle. The SS Choir performs for the Fuhrer's birthday. The famous book burnings in Berlin are shown.
GERMAN INTERTITLES WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. MUSICAL BACKGROUND. APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES.
2. BILDBERICHT NR. 12 - 1935
Another film put out by the National Film Office in Halle. A visit to a Jungvolk camp in Haym. A visit to a Radio Exhibition in Berlin. Allstedt turns 1000 years old. Prince August Wilhelm reviews a march of Party members. Dedication of a new Daimler-Benz factory. Scenes from a riding competition at a stud farm near Halle.
GERMAN INTERTITLES WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. APPROXIMATELY 11 MINUTES
3. HANS JOACHIM MARSEILLES - PRIVATE FILMS
Private films shot in Africa concerning the fighter ace Marseilles.
MUSICAL SCORE. APPROXIMATELY 22 MINUTES
4. HANS BASTANIER'S PICTURES OF WAR
Most fans of the Wochenschau series or those simply interested in original German wartime films are probably familiar with Hans Bastanier's work and don't even know it. He was one of UfA's most talented young camermen and was inducted into the Wehrmacht as a reporter. He was one of only four cameramen given permission to use color film on the Eastern Front after 1942. Quite a bit of his fantastic color photography had been used in the Wochenschau newsreels, but were copied into black-and-white first (my guess is, because color film and the processing of it was so expensive, the authorities did not want audiences getting used to being able to see it in newsreels). This wonderful film will be a real bonus for Deutsche Wochenschau fans: it talks about and shows his work and how it was used in the newsreels --- some of which have not been seen before --- and about the only complaint here is that it's too short.
IN GERMAN WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. APPROXIMATELY 22 MINUTES.
5. ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF FREEDOM FOR GREATER GERMANY - 1941
This is yet another film that will please Wochenschau fans. This film was made in the fall of 1941 for Field Marshal von Brauchitsch's 60th birthday. It consists almost entirely of newsreel excerpts about him or those where he was a part of the scene. The film is meant to praise his achievements from the campaign in Poland to his work on the West Wall; in the campaign in Yugoslavia and Greece; and in the invasion of the Soviet Union, which was nearing the end of its first phase, when this film was completed. When the Field Marshal celebrated his 60th birthday, the Wehrmacht was just about approaching the environs of Moscow and it seemed likely the city would fall any day. By December of that year, shortly after the film was put out for circulation, von Brauchitsch suffered a major heart attack in the field and he was relieved of command in the East by a disgusted Hitler, when the army failed to take Moscow. There are many high quality newsreel clips in this film, which I have not seen before in the standard Wochenschau films, which are normally distributed in 23 parts (which we also sell, as well as a 40 volume translated version -- GERMAN WARTIME NEWSREELS -- with supplemental film materiel).
IN GERMAN WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. APPROXIMATELY 31 MINUTES.
6. THE BAVARIAN FOREST
UfA culture film about the Bavairan Forest and its people.
IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES. APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES.
7. PICTURES FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE END: 1932-1933
Another film put out in Halle with reports about the Nazis' election campaign of 1932; the book burning; the boycott against the Jews; etc.
GERMAN INTERTITLES WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES.
8. BAKING BREAD IN THE THIRD REICH
Another culture film about baking bread.
MUSICAL SCORE ONLY. APPROXIMATELY 16 MINUTES.
9. CONSTRUCTION OF A MILITARY BRIDGE IN POLAND - 1944
Color film showing the construction of a military bridge in Poland, no doubt being built to accommodate the onrush of visitors from the East (uhh ... their own retreating troops; not the Soviets).
MUSICAL SCORE ONLY. APPROXIMATELY 25 MINUTES.
10. DER RHEIN IN VERGANGENHEIT UND GEGENWART (fragment) - 1922
Obviously not a part of any Third Reich history, per se; but we're showing this, because this is what it looked like during the Third Reich years, too, before Allied bombs and warfare changed it forever. Unfortunately, this is only a fragment of the film.
GERMAN INTERTITLES WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. APPROXIMATELY 6 MINUTES.
APPROXIMATELY 160 MINUTES TOTAL. VARIABLE QUALITY, BUT IT RANGES FROM POOR TO EXCELLENT FILM QUALITY.