Succession of Berlin, Germany, newspapers shown, from 1918 through 1919, chronicling progress of war towards the World War 1 Armistice, and subsequent problems and conditions in postwar Germany. Newspaper of November 12, 1918 addresses concerns about the conditions and the price of the truce. Crowd stands on a road covered with snow around statue of the Kaiser, with scaffold around it. Crowd in a square in War Bond rally. One of crowd carries a Communist red flag. Newspaper refers to gunfire in Berlin from Unter den Linden to Friedrichstrasse. Newspaper announces the Kaiser's abdication, which is then illustrated by reversed footage showing the Kaiser walking backwards and being lifted into his automobile, which then drives away backwards. Returning German soldiers are happy to see the war end, and sing in their returning trucks. An officer inspects war trenches that are now empty. Newspaper announce increasing domestic problems . Newspapers raise issue of German prisoners of War held in foreign countries. Troops are seen moving in streets and at checkpoints in Germany.
Funeral parade in Germany in 1919, possibly sometime after the Spartacist Uprising in Berlin. Large crowd of people gather on both sides of a funeral parade route, with an industrial area and factory in the background. Band players at the parade. Two horse carts seen carrying eight coffins. Mourners in the parade process and some carry wreaths. Group preceding the caskets carries KPD flags with the Communist Party of Germany logo beneath the letters (hammer and sickle inside star).
Clip opens with scene from a play in Berlin entitled: The Star Shines Again. German officer stands on a stage and gives speech. Following street scenes and newspaper headlines illustrate the increasingly desperate conditions developing in postwar Germany following World War 1, culminating in declaration of martial law by the Ministry of Defense. Scenes of civil unrest and use of martial force to control the population during the German Revolution of 1918-1919. German soldiers and artillery in the streets work to control unrest of German citizens. Massive crowd of German citizens running and dispersing in panic on streets of Berlin. Newspaper headlines describe the unrest.
Holiday vendors and shop keepers in Berlin selling wares and gifts to shoppers at Chrismas time, 1919. A man buys a wooden clapping toy from a boy street vendor. A fruit vendor sells fruits from his wooden cart. Germans lined up to buy Christmas trees from a vendor beside a public square area. Pedestrians fill the sidewalks, passing by tents with holiday vendors, as seen from elevated position in a moving vehicle traveling on a main street in Berlin. Happy children and adults seen shopping and walking in the crowd. Children and adults gather at a store window that sells toys, and watch a vendor showing a toy zeppelin that flies back and forth, and a wind-up, mechanical car toy.
Nazi soldiers at attention with guns drawn in Berlin during World War 2. U.S. soldiers on watch from damaged Berlin building. Man watching Berlin wall with binoculars while sitting in car. Pan American passenger airplane in flight after the war. Pan American passenger reading Time and other magazines. Aerial view of Berlin early 1960s. Pan American plane landing at Tempelhof Airport. Pan American passengers descending to tarmac under sign that reads, "Today Pan American has completed 93153 Transatlantic Crossings" Brandenburg Gate early 1960s. Drive through Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s. Drive through Berlin in the 1920s. Tourist bus flying American flag departs in Berlin 1920s. Berlin University 1920s. Early Nazis driving in Berlin streets. Hitler saluting parade. Hitler addressing Germans. Berlin in ruins Spring 1945 as tanks pass in front of Brandenburg Gate. Old starving woman walks on streets of Berlin amist ruins in 1945. Ruins of Berlin include Reichstag Building during 1945 battle. Women and children emerging from underground Berlin bunker in 1945, to a scene of devastation and rubble in the city. Ground view of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Gedächtniskirche). Interior of ruined Reichstag Building. Potsdam Conference 1945, Map of WWII Europe. Berlin map, including official Berlin map with signatures showing Zones of Occupation. Germany allied control authority gathering including American, British, and Soviet representatives. French, American, Soviet flags in Germany. Rebuilding of Berlin mostly by women clearing rubble, using shovels, wheelbarrows and cleaning old bricks for reuse. Over crowded train in Germany post-WWII filled with civilian refugees abandoning the cities and heading to the countryside of Germany to resettle.
German fire fighters in Berlin, Germany on Museum Island. On the Lustgarten parade area of Museum Island (Museumsinsel) the firemen demonstrate fire fighting techniques and equipment outside the Old Museum building (Altes Museum) and the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom). Fire brigade trucks move out from positions outside the Old Museum, toward the Berlin Cathedral. They stop in front of the Cathedral and in synchronized fashion they raise the ladders high into the air. A fireman operates a crank to turn on water, while standing in a small boat. Fire fighters standing in a line with hoses direct a flood of water from combine hoses southward from the Old Museum, high into the air, raining down into the Lustgarten in front of the Berlin Cathedral. Includes German narration and ambient background sound from the scene.