Images and testimony related to the Nuremberg Trials held at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany in October 1946. Flashbacks of a variety of Nazi crimes against humanity during the years of World War II. Reference to testimony of Kenaris and Hans Frank in describing Nazi policies and methods for exterminating Poles and others. Pictures recording the implementation and results of Nazi policies; atrocities and murder of victims in Ouradour Sur Glane in France, in Bande in Belgium, in the Catacombe of San Callisto in Italy and in Czechoslovakia. Nazi forces seen leveling and destroying the town of Lidice in Czechoslovakia in 1942 in retaliation for the assassination of SS Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich. Corpses of the victims of the Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, in 1945. Bones of humans in crematory ovens. Cramped starved camp victims in barracks. Stacks of luggage and suitcases of victims at a concentration camp, along with locks of hair, stacks of toothbrushes. Shaving cream brushes, shoes, clothing, and finally, piles of bones of camp victims. Testimony of Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss (sometimes spelled Höß or Hoess or Hess) describes concentration camps at Auschwitz in Poland. As scenes of victims in hospitals are shown, testimony of Rudolf Hoess is read, describing medical experiments include lowering the body temperature, injecting the body with poisons and infectious diseases and subjecting the body to high altitude pressure chambers. Shows pile of mutilated corpses.The "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign over the camp entrance of Auschwitz. Scenes of dead victims of Nazi brutality in the concentration camps.
A memorandum expresses Adolf Hitler's desire to invade Czechoslovakia. Munich Pact discussed during the trial of Nazi leaders for war crimes in Nuremberg, Germany in 1946. Footage from 193 8 as Adolf Hitler and other leaders from Britain, Italy and France sign Munich Agreement or Munich Pact that leads to annexation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany. Czech President Emil Hacha arrives to meet the German leaders.
Joint Allied Control Commission Conference in Berlin,Germany. Joint Allied Control Commission Conference in session to resolve the conflicting economic and political policy. Members of board and representatives of four nations General of the United States Air Force Joseph T. McNarney,Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov and Marshal of France Alphonse Pierre Juin attend conference. United States Secretary of State James Francis Byrnes addresses German civilians on Vital policy at Stuttgart in 1946. U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Murphy,Senators Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg,Matthew Connelly and General Joseph T. McNarney seated at speaker's stand.
Film opens showing devastated snow-covered remains of Peterhof Palace and its fountains, in Leningrad, after the Russians ended the siege of that city in January, 1944 of World War II. The next scenes show crowds gathered on 25 August, 1946, to celebrate the newly restored fountains, which are seen spraying water again. (Narrator notes that Russians now call the place Petrodvorets, meaning Peter's Palace.) An official speaks, at the ceremony, about the architecture of Petrodvorets and its cultural masterpieces still to be restored. Glimpse of statuary and array of fountains. Closeup of several young women holding flowers. Another shot of the fountains spraying along both sides of a central pond, with spectators crowded along the extreme sides near lines of trees.
Brief view of Josef Stalin and Mikhail Kalinin with Molotov and other revolutionaries observing Russian military parade, about 1925. Tanks roll on to the streets and heavy guns are also displayed at the parade. A completely separate scene, from 1946, shows Soviet Premier, Joseph Stalin and dignitaries strolling into the lobby of the Bolshoi theater, where Winston Churchill, Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin pose for photographs.
Citizens walk along the streets in Tokyo, Japan on New Year Day of 1946. Japanese women dressed in kimonos walk along a sidewalk. Japanese women and children walking along the streets.