The tomb of the first Czechoslovakian President's in Lana, Czechoslovakia. Two women and two children arrive at the tomb of Czechoslovakia's first President Thomas G. Masaryk and lay down flowers at the tomb. The tomb inside a fence. The women touch the land and cross themselves and pray. Views of the women and the children at the tomb. A wreath hangs beside the tomb.
Election eve in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Pavements covered with election literature. Czech citizens voting on the election day. Several views of people reading results of the elections on posters placed in the streets. Facade of the Social Democratic Party Headquarters - number 3. Facade of the headquarters of the Communist Party - number 1 written on a large linen. A poster shows a child arising from a sickle and a hammer. A tramway decorated with the number 1 passes in front of the Communist Party headquarters and the oldest tower in Prague.
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 1938 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.
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.
Meeting of the Comite Directeur of the Communist party in Prague, Czechoslovakia held after the 1946 Parliamentary Elections. Communist Interior minister Václav Nosek speaks and exposes the political situation. Mr. Nosek talks to another member of the committee. Mr. Nosek talks while Prime Minister Klement Gottwald listens. Gottwald smokes and talks at a table.
Election posters in Prague, Czechoslovakia prior to the 1946 Parliamentary Elections. A man reads a newspaper on a side of the Vltava River. On his left is a wooden tower with an election poster for the national-socialist party, urging vote. View of St. Vita's Cathedral. The Charles Bridge with large posters. In the background is Rudolfinum Palace. A tramway across the bridge. Posters with crossed words 'CHAOS' and 'TEROR' on the bridge. Passengers on the bridge. A large poster on which the four political parties with their coat-of-arms are united for the same purpose 'United in the War, United in the Peace'.