Views from dock in New York and from aboard ship as the SS Marine Flasher arrives in New York on May 20, 1946, after departing Bremerhaven Germany on May 11, 1946. Crowd of people gathered to greet passengers getting off the ship. Scenes show jubilant people and some reunions of family members or relatives. The passengers are largely displaced persons and refugees from World War 2. People disembark the ship. A woman with her child stands in front of a hatch. Three women aboard the ship pose. A woman kisses a man. People meet their relatives. People leave with their luggage. The luggage of the people with tags. Luggage tags with name (Ingeborg) Inge Rummeni of 824 North 38th St. Milwaukee Wisconsin on them. A woman and a child show concentration camp number tattoos on their arms from a Nazi German prison camp.
Reconstruction problems in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Examples of prewar Germany's industrial and commercial prowess, showing its consumer products and famous cameras. A German coal-burning power plant and miners extracting coal from Germany's vast natural supplies. Coal being transported by conveyer belt. Open rail cars loaded to capacity with German coal. A German iron and steel plant dependent on coal. Shift to postwar destruction including destroyed: German factory; locomotive; rail yards; trucks; farm machinery; fertilizer plant; farm fields lacking crops. Shift to prewar era with view of British coal cars getting ready to be emptied for export to Europe. Current postwar view of British coal cars and coal, that narrator says are barely enough for her own needs. View of prewar German coke being loaded onto conveyers. Coal miners receiving food ration cards. Animated map showing "Iron Curtain," of Soviet occupation, separating traditional German regions of agriculture from those of industry. British Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin; French Foreign Minister, Georges Bidault; Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov; and U.S. Secretary of State, George Marshall; are seen at the Paris Conference in 1946 where they negotiated the postwar future of Germany. Reminder footage of Hitler with brownshirts in 1930s. Italian police coping with communist inspired unrest in Italy. Bombed out buildings in snow. Europeans literally scratching for bits of food from pavement and trash heaps. Two women fighting with each other. Dejected woman. French Communist party leader, Maurice Thorez, haranguing a large crowd. Party flag with hammer and sickle behind him.
Speaking before United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC) in its first meeting in June 1946, Bernard Baruch proposes international control of all atomic energy -- the so-called Baruch Plan. Low level aerial view of ruined post World War 2 European city. Goods including heavy equipment, locomotives, being loaded aboard ships to aid in the postwar recovery of Europe (The Marshall Plan). Workers in Western Europe making use of Marshall Plan materials to rebuild their national infrastructures. West European farmers restoring agriculture. View from overflying light airplane of parts of postwar Berlin in 1948. Blocked roads and empty railroad tracks leading from East Germany to West Germany, blocked by the Soviet Union. Barge traffic at standstill due to Soviet actions. U.S. C-54 transport aircraft flying supplies into West Berlin (The Berlin Airlift) during the Soviet blockade of that city. West Berliners watching U.S. transport aircraft bringing fuel, food and other essentials into the isolated city. A C-54 flying low over empty railroad lines, as it prepares to land in West Berlin. Supplies offloaded from a DC-3 ( AKA C-47 or British Dakota) equipped with unusual set of rear cargo doors. Supplies being moved on Tegel Airport with many C-54 aircraft in the background. Numerous C-47 aircraft operating at Tempelhof airdrome. An East German official opening a barricade as Soviet blockade of West Berlin ends on May 12, 1949, and supply trucks begin to move over roads again. Flags of Western nations flying on high flagpoles. Glimpse of Allied warships underway during World War 2. Formation of P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight overhead. NATO troops marching and NATO armor on parade. Flashes of heavy artillery firing at night. Korean refugees moving South in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War. View of UN Security Council meeting in the absence of Soviet representative. U.S. tanks firing guns and American infantrymen in conflict with North Korea in Korean War. American wounded on stretchers.
United States and Soviet Union soldiers celebrate their victory as world War 2 comes to an end in Germany. "Elbe Day": Soviet and American soldiers meet at the River Elbe on 25-26 April, 1945. View of Nazi swastika being blown up at Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg Germany in 1945. Scenes of celebration in the streets of Paris with French civilians cheering American and French soldiers and celebrating the end of World War 2. French women kiss soldiers. Crowd gathered in Times Square in New York celebrating VE-Day (Victory in Europe Day). Foreign Ministers of fifty nations arrive at San Francisco to sign the United Nations Charter. United States President Harry S. Truman addresses the delegates at the closing ceremony of the conference on June 26, 1946. Ships bring back American soldiers, including some wounded, after World War 2. Women and families on dock at harbor wave and smile at arriving troop ship with American soldiers. Also seen are soldiers of other countries including Soviet Russian soldiers returning to their families at a train station, with smiling and tearful family reunions. Cemeteries with headstones honoring soldiers who died in the war. Military hardware being scrapped to make peacetime goods. Views of explosive charges being set and military aircraft being blown up for scrap. Piles of scrapped military vehicles. A woman in a factory organizes newly manufactured clothes irons. Workers in a factory perform final assembly on newly manufactured ovens and stoves for homes.
A film titled: 'Seeds of Destiny' on the reconstruction of Europe after World War 2. View of dark storm clouds racing across sky and lightning. Scene of war ravaged cities destroyed in World War 2. A tattered photograph of Hitler and Goering lies on muddy ground. Close-ups of legs and feet of children, some without shoes, wandering in muddy streets of bomb-destroyed cities and standing in a soup line to receive food. Close up of a boy receiving food from a ladle at a soup line. Children sit by a fire to war their hands; barefoot children in Europe walk through the debris on the street. Starved refugee citizens in Japan walk among rubble of bombed buildings. A line of children sitting, unable to stand up due to rickets. Views of boy and girl children suffering from neglect, abuse, and trauma of war. A boy who lost his family shows scar of burn on his leg. Children in a hospital suffering from war injuries, emotional trauma, mental trauma. A girl bandaged up suffering from grenade wounds. Two young boys play a billiards game and view of camera shows both boys are amputees missing one leg. A child whose growth was stunted by malnutrition and starvation. Young children scavenge for food among trash or refuse. A boy wheels two younger children in a wheelbarrow cart. Pack of children running through ruins of bombed out buildings. Children begging for food. Neglected young boys standing in the street smoking cigarettes. A young boy smoking a cigar. Groups of sad looking, traumatized boy and girl children. Boys rummage through trash and cans looking for food. Three grave crosses on a hill amidst bomb rubble and destruction.
Bombing missions over Europe. A fleet of United States B-24 Liberators in flight. They drop bombs over targets. A mountainous terrain. Explosions on the ground. An aerial view of a city in Europe. Smoke rises from the bomb explosions.