A film on the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Empty fields marking the site of Lidice, Czechoslovakia. Women survivors of the Lidice who had been sent to concentration camps. They place wreaths on the common grave of the people who were killed at Lidice. View of a lineup of captured Nazi SS soldiers and officers involved in the destruction of Lidice. Packed courtrooms at Nuremburg, Germany with German Nazi leadership present. Rubble and destroyed bombed-out Reichstag building in Berlin. Debris on the street. Past events show German Chancellor Adolf Hitler addresses people and talks about the destruction of other cities. Ruins of buildings from war. A wrecked bridge and burned out fields of a farm from World War 2.
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 commemoration ceremony for the Lidice massacre by the Germans during World War II. A crowd gathered on the emplacement of Lidice which had been leveled by the Germans. The place is marked with a cross with a crown of thorns. Russian emblems surrounding the respective flags. An official tribune decorated with flags of Allied nations. The crowd listens to speeches given by dignitaries.
A memorial service for Czech people killed by Nazi Germany after Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich's assassination in Lidice, Czechoslovakia. People walk for the ceremony. People observe silence for the people killed by the Germans after the assassination of SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich. President of Czechoslovakia Edvard Benes puts wreaths on graves at the site where the burned down village of Lidice had been. Officers salute. Wreaths placed on the graves. Children gathered at the ceremony. Soldiers stand at attention.
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 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.