Famous tourist destinations and architecture in Linz, Austria. View of the Danube river. Buildings and trees along the side of the river. A ship in the river. Smoke around the ship. It reaches the harbor. A bridge seen over the river. A view of St. Mary's Cathedral at Linz. Mountains in the background.
Rescued inmates of the concentration camp # 3 talk about their experiences in Linz, Austria towards the end of World War II. The rescued assembled outside a wooden house. Those who were inside the house look outside through a window. The inmates are emaciated. An Italian talks about the adverse living conditions they faced at the concentration camp. He states that they had very little food, they slept 3 or 4 to a bed and there was no way to wash. He said he was also at Mauthausen for a time before being transferred. In total he had been in concentration camps for 8 months and considered himself very lucky to have lived. He said that in Linz there were 50 men in his quarters and each day 3 to 4 men died. He tells how he worked in a forced labor factory in Linz building tanks for the Germans, working 12 hours a day as a welder.
Scenes from Nuremberg Trials, including footage of prior events being discussed in the trials. Nazi officer reads an announcement to Hilter and Nazi leadership confirming the March 7, 1936 occupation and remilitarization of the Rhineland by the German Army, and the loyalty of the German Army. German Army rally and parade is held in Nuremberg. Soldiers march and goosestep, along with Nazi leadership such as Hermann Goering, while Hitler speaks assuring peaceful intentions by Germany. German officials Goering, Rader, and von Neurath arrive at special meeting with Hitler and Generals von Blomberg and von Fritsch in November 1937 to plan conquer of Czechoslovakia and Austria. Tall meeting chamber doors under armed guard. Scenes from February 1938 Berchtesgaden meeting arranged by von Papen with Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg, Hitler, Keitel, and von Ribbentrop walking on grounds. Car approaches Berghof. Guido Schmidt, former foreign minister of Austria seen at the meeting, and then seen on stand testifying at Nuremberg trials concerning Hitler's decision to annex Austria. Scenes of German troops marching and a night-time rally parade in Austria. View of Schuschnigg on March 9, 1938 at podium during meeting announcing a plebiscite vote on Austrian independence. Views of German newspaper headlines denouncing the plebiscite and demanding Schuschnigg's resignation. Crowd surrounds new Chancellor Arthur von Seyss-Inquart with Nazi salutes following Schuschnigg's resignation. Next is scenes of March 12, 1938 German Anschluss annexation of Austria. Initial German forces seen meeting some resistance by Austrian citizens. Germany army rolling into Austria and dismantling border gates. Hitler memo announces intent to annex Czechoslovakia. Operation Green leader Konrad Henlein seen walking in parade with officials. Scenes of Munich Pact signing ceremony. Czech President Hacha walks with Nazi leaders and enters car for meeting to hear German ultimatum. Map shows lands grabbed by German
The Anschluss (Annexation of Austria by Germany) in Linz, Austria, 1938. Air is filled with falling paper swastika confetti. Several German warplanes are seen overhead. Young men march in street past the Philipp Hotel. View of Dreifaltigkeitsaule (the Holy Trinity Column) honoring plague victims. German officers converse with local citizen in town square. People gather at base of an obelisk topped with an eagle. Hitler stands in an open car and acknowledges cheering crowds as he enters the Adolf Hitler Platz (Hauptplatz). Later, at night, Hitler stands on a balcony in the din, looking over the tumultuous activities.
German occupation of Austria, or Anschluss, prior to World War II. Swastika shaped paper confetti falling from the sky. Austrian people gather on a street in Linz and cheer German military forces. Dreifaltigkeitsaule or Holy Trinity Column in foreground with German bomber aircraft in formation flight behind. Boys march. Civilians gather in a large number on the street and cheer. German soldiers and officers gather. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler in a motorcade moving along a street. The crowd cheers and waves. Hitler stands with other officials. Buildings along street sides. Hitler seen at night on a balcony waving to the crowd in Austria.
Near the end of World War II, three freed inmates at a German concentration camp in Linz Austria (camp #3) discuss their treatment while at the camp. They speak in English but with varying accents including French. They speak in an open yard of the camp, with barracks in the background. The former inmates talk about lethal injections, cold baths, whippings, hangings, and extermination camps. They also talk about the joy when the camp was liberated by the Americans, which was preceded by the Americans bombing the Nazi forces in the area. They mention that the bombing cut off the water to the camp so the SS forces could no longer subject inmates to the cold baths. They discuss hangings of three prisoners from a scaffold in the yard behind them, and how all the camp inmates were assembled and forced to look at the hung inmates. One of the freed inmates talking is named Alex. They discuss how the jews in the camp had been rounded up and locked in a room with no food. They were in the room two days before being saved by the Americans. They also talk about the camp at Mauthausen where prisoners were subjected to hard labor, torture with heavy rocks, and executed by the SS after 5 days. Also they speak of inmates put in chains and dogs used at Mauthausen.