German military officers mingle with civilian opera patrons entering the Opera House in Bayreuth, Bavaria, for a performance of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, by Richard Wagner. A program for the performance is shown. The final scenes of the Act are shown and the curtain closes.
Brief glimpse of Adolf Hitler in uniform, sitting quietly among other attendees, at a memorial service. Hitler in formal attire (White tie and tails) steps onto balcony at opera house, during annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Bavaria. Several other opera-goers accompany him. Hitler gives several informal Nazi salutes, and returns back into the opera house.
Adolf Hitler, dressed in white tie and tails tuxedo, together with other dignitaries, also dressed in high formal fashion. They are coming out on the balcony of the Bayreuth Opera House, perhaps during an intermission. Crowds outside recognize and acknowledge Hitler, with calls of "Heil" and some an anglicized "hail." Hitler acknowledges them, first with a short upheld right arm. and later with a fully extended Nazi salute.
5 march 1933., Election day in Bavaria, Germany Newspaper headlines about Adolf Hitler. One reads ' With Adolf Hitler for a New Realm'. Nazi stormtroopers in a car. A stormtrooper band plays. Nazi stormtroopers march in torchlight parade. Armed Nazi stormtroopers stand in front of their local headquarters on which a sign reads: S.A.Heim, Sturm 16L." Stormtroopers stand around an artillery piece. People on streets. Newspaper headlines about Bavaria. Stormtroopers march on street. People ride bicycles. Officers and stormtroopers stand outside a building. Officers stand in a group. .
Film about Denmark after the German occupying force declared martial law and state of war with Denmark, in 1943-44 during World War 2. It was made by Danes and smuggled out of Denmark during that period. Opens with view of a church building and flocks of birds. Views of German army troops marching into Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 April 1940. SS troops dressed in black, marching. German soldiers carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, goosestepping. A fire burning at site sabotaged by Danish resistance elements in 1943. Derailed trains carrying goods to Germany. Fire at a German factory. Danish workers with bicycles staging a strike in protest German measures in response to resistance actions. Danes gathered in outdoor observance memorializing those killed by the Germans. A shop owned by German sympathizers (Quislings) destroyed by other Danes. People gathered on street on 29 August 1943, when the occupying German forces attacked the remaining Danish garrison and declared martial law. Announcement posted in Danish on a wall. View of Danish Naval vessels ordered scuttled by the Danish Admiralty, including the coastal defense ship,Peder-Skram, seen in front of a large building, the submarine, Havfruen (not seen) and others seen sunk at docks in Copenhagen harbor. Bullet hole through a glass window. A week later, on Sunday, 5 September, 1943, a German Panzer light tank is seen moving on a street, as pedestrians go about their business in Copenhagen. German soldiers patrolling on a motorcycle with sidecar. A man holding his hands up as he is hustled through a crowd under arrest by a German in black uniform. Motorcycle driving through pedestrians on the sidewalk. Spectators line a fence by an open field near a building labeled "Badstue Badminton." One, a woman, speaks through the fence to a Danish soldier interned there. View of the quarters of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg, occupied by German soldiers and with Nazi flag flying above it. Civilian relatives of interned men wait outside army headquarters for news about them. A courtyard, during a mass funeral, is filled with memorial flower wreaths covering the coffins of Danish soldiers and civilians killed by the Germans. Camera focuses on a wreath from King Christian of Denmark, among the many others. Two German soldiers march up a path at the Royal Residence Amalienborg, where King Christian is arrested. Views from moving camera as Danish flags are seen flying all over the city of Copenhagen, on 26 September, 1943, to celebrate the King's 73rd Birthday. The major exception is the Nazi Gestapo headquarters in the "Shellhus" (the prewar Shell Oil offices) shown in isolation. Views of people moving their belongings on hand carts after their homes were taken over by Germans. The slogan in English, "Do it well and do it now,"is seen left by Danish resistance fighters where they sabotaged a German military installation.
Ruins in Bavaria after World War II. Exteriors of a factory in Bavaria. Bomb damage to the factory. Mountains in background. Workers clean up rubble in the factory. German civilians read newspapers stuck on billboards.