Slate at start of sequence says the people came from all parts of Thuringer and the Thuringian Forest, to number 120 thousand in Erfurt . Scene shows massive crowd assembled in open stadium in Erfurt, Germany. Erfurt, where they attend a Nazi rally and hear Adolf Hitler speak. Hitler speaks into a microphone suspended above him. Many Sturmabteilung (SA) Stormtroopers line the stadium and stand in formations. The stands are filled with spectators. Hitler exhorts farmers to combine intelligence and hard work to ensure a bright future for Germany.
Famous tourist destinations and architecture in Germany. Various buildings seen in Erfurt, the principal city of Thuringia. View of the Vice Regal Palace in Hirsch Garden. People and vehicles move outside the palace. Views of the Erfurt Cathedral. Maria Gloriosa bell hangs in the central tower of the Cathedral. View of the Albrechtsburg in Meissen.
The Soviet Army suppresses uprisings in East Germany during worker strike and civilian protest of 1953. Demonstrators haul down a red flag atop the Brandenburg Gate in East Berlin. Crowds at Potsdamer Platz disperse as gunfire breaks out. A wounded demonstrator is assisted by comrades. Soviet tanks rumble through the streets. Martial law is declared and orders of the Military High Command are posted in East Berlin. Demonstrators throw rocks at Soviet tanks on the street. Soviet tanks and troops block demonstrators. A map shows places experiencing uprisings including: Dresden, Madeburg, Frankfurt, Schwerin, Leipzig, Rostock, Erfurt, Chemnitz, and others. A poster dated 18 June, 1953 announces the execution of Willy Goettling as a leader of the uprising. A newspaper announcement reports the condemnation of Alfred Diener, of the city of Jena, as a provocateur. Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of West Germany, presides over a public funeral for Germans who lost their lives in the Soviet suppression of East Berlin. Leaders of East Germany are seen and East German proceedings against alleged ringleaders of the uprisings. East German refugees fill a large open building. They carry belongings and sleep on the floor.
A man opens ovens at Buchenwald concentration camp. Heaps of bones and ashes. Sign of oven manufacturer: J A Topf and Sons, Erfurt, Germany. Men empty an oven of burnt bones. View of instruments of torture in prison at Lublin, Poland. Victims of torture. Dead bodies of victims killed near fence at "schlachthaus" (slaughter house) in Leipzig Germany. Women look through fence at the dead. Local German citizens walk amongst the dead lying in concentration buildings and yards. They are pressed into service loading the bodies of the dead on litters and into trucks. Concentration camp survivors are seen being given food and assistance. German soldiers held as prisoners of war. German tribunal considers charges against Nazis.German citizens removing Nazi victims from mass grave. Bodies of the dead laid out on hillside. German citizens visit Buchenwald and see display of victims personal artwork and keepsakes.
Nazi rise to power, rearmament and remilitarization of Germany leading up to World War 2, and actions related the Nuremberg Trials held at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, following World War II. Exterior view of the Reichstag in Berlin. Joseph Goebbels at desk during the Nuremberg Trials. Hans Bernd Gisevius, former official of the Berlin police administration, testifies concerning his investigation of the Reichstag fire. Hans Gisevius relates how Goebbels recruited reliable Nazis to intentionally burn down the Reichstag as a propaganda stunt to help the Nazi movement. Nuremberg War Trial defendants stand in their dock including Herman Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Karl Donitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach and Fritz Sauckel. Close up of Herman Goring. Footage showing firefighters spraying water on smoking ruins of Reichstag following Reichstag fire in 1933. A German police officer stands guard at the smoking ruins of the Reichstag. View from a high ridge of League of Nations Palace of Nations in Geneva, and then inside the League of Nations meeting chamber during the disarmament conference of 1933. View of a Nazi submarine launching in 1934. Steel mill operations and Industrial war materiel operations in Germany in the early 1930's as Germany rearmed and restarted war production. A Nazi party meeting in Germany where General Werner von Blomberg announces compulsory military service. View of legal document describing new military service law. View of newly recruited (conscripted) civilian German men with suitcases marching forward report for mandatory military training. Nazi forces in training march goosestep at training camp; Junkers 52 aircraft in background. Soldiers goosestep while walking bicycles in a line. Nazi troops trained. Scenes of remilitarization of Rhineland, violating terms of the Treaty of Versailles, as Nazi troops in 1936 march over the Hohenzollern Bridge crossing the River Rhine, with Cologne Cathedral rising in the background.
Adolf Hitler's first speech as Germany's Chancellor, given at the Sports Palace (Sportspalast) in Berlin, Germany. A large banner is hung across the hall behind the speaker's stand, reading: "Mecht Deutschland vom Marxismus Frei" (Make Germany free from Marxism). Hitler, in khaki uniform, makes his way to the podium through cadre of uniformed Stormtroopers who act as an honor guard. A crowd applauds and many give the Nazi salute to Hitler as he speaks.