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.
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
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.
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.
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.