Christian ceremony in Munster, Germany. Large crowd gathering to attend the ceremony. Pope with Christian dignitaries arrive for services. Several Christian dignitaries walk in religious procession. Guards standing with rifles. Ceremonies take place at altar.
Munster concentration camp in Germany after World War II. The 9th Army of the Allied military forces arrives at the camp with their tanks and weapons and liberates prisoners of the camp. An inmate washes his wounds. Inmates cook food for them, supplied by the Allied troops. The liberated French and Belgian prisoners. Water tanker for prisoners. A happy old man smiles.
Munster concentration camp for Belgian prisoners during World War II. The buildings, prisons in the compound of this camp. Man gives a demonstration of torturing methods adopted by the Nazi guards at the camp. A man tied from arms with a pole and then beaten with a barbed stick. Another man bound by chains and barbed wires and beaten. Impressions of chains and barbed wires on the prisoners. Pressing fingers of a prisoner. Survivors show scars of repeated beatings and tortures. Wounds of beating and cigarette burns on thighs and lower body portions of Belgian men and women.
Unrest in Germany in 1930's during crisis of unemployment and inflation that had followed after World War I. A closed and boarded-up German factory. Two barefooted, jobless German men sleep in a park. During Great Depression in the United States, a weary woman is seen walking through an alley and looking in garbage cans. Sign for Los Angeles California Leather Company seen on building behind her. Children play in streets of a slum area. In Germany, scene of boys in training in Hitler Youth and carrying shovels, then carrying rifles and learning low crawling and military attack techniques. German farmers plowing on farms. Several night scenes including Nazis and brownshirts on the march, burning of books. Secret police or Gestapo and soldiers escort a church priest or clergy out of a church. During time of rising anti-Jewish sentiment in Nazi-led Germany, scenes of abuse and Gestapo arrests of some German citizens such as Jewish people, suspected Communists, and others critical of the Nazi party. A group of people attack and beat Jewish people in streets. A parade by the Wehrmacht German troops. Rearmament of Germany in 1930's. Scenes from busy German munitions factories. A Junkers Stuka aircraft factory filled with planes being built. A German artillery factory. German Luftwaffe and Panzer attack. Tanks roll over landscape. Scenes at end of war of burning German cities. Women run through bomb-wrecked streets of devastated Berlin during an Allied bombing raid. One woman falls as she runs. A woman and children race for the doors of a bomb shelter in Germany. The bomb wrecked streets of Berlin heaped with rubble and wreckage. Elderly German man walks through ruins. Small locomotive train running carrying cars of cleared rubble. German civilian dig potatoes in gardens. German women stand atop a collapsed building pile and clear rubble with shovels. German man waters a newly planted garden with empty shells of wrecked buildings in background. Newspapers produced by M.G. seen in newspaper printing press and rolling off presses. Binding of booklets and magazines from a German printing press. Sculptured bust of Goethe superimposed over books written by Goethe and Schiller. A montage shows in contrast the peaceful life in Germany before war, and scenes again of war, with alternating scenes: German police officer escorts children across a street, book burning by Nazis, Gestapo violent arrest of a German citizen who is being hauled away. A German football match in a stadium. Cook serves food to a man. A man in a concentration camp tips a bowl to his mouth. German children playing in a pool. Scenes of bomb explosions. A peaceful waterfall.
During the trial of Nazi leaders for war crimes at Nuremberg, Germany Hans Gesevius, former official of Berlin Police department testifies regarding his investigation of Reichstag fire. Scenes immediately following burning of Reichstag building -- destroyed as a result of fire. Firemen direct water hoses on smoldering Reichstag ruins. 1933 meeting where German representatives leave the League of Nations and Germany thereafter begins remilitarization and war production of armaments contrary to Treaty of Versailles. General Werner Edward Fritz Von Blomberg announces universal military conscription. Drafted German men receive military training and goosestep on a training field with a Junkers 52 airplane in background. They goosestep while walking bicycles. German troops march to invade Rhineland. Nazi soldiers seen crossing Hohenzollern Bridge over the River Rhine, with Cologne Cathedral in the background. Nazi official announces March 7, 1936 invasion of Rhineland at a Nazi party gathering with Hitler present. Nazi German troops march at a parade in Nuremberg, Germany. Nazi military officers observe the parade and Adolf Hitler gives a Nazi salute to the German forces.
German activities after World War I. Hans Von Seeckt, a German General, reviews parade of German Army infantry and artillery in Potsdam. Paul Von Hindenburg, a German General, reviews a parade. The German Army using cardboard tanks and fake weapons in maneuvers during period after World War I and before militarization of Germany under the Nazis. Promulgation of new German constitution in the Garrison Church of Potsdam in March of 1933 in the presence of Paul Von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler and Franz Von Papen, a German Catholic Monarchist politician. Parade scenes of German soldiers in the early 1930s. Newly created Nazi Labor Corps and Adolf Hitler digging with a shovel at an inaugural ceremony. Shirtless labor corps members pulling together on ropes. Scenes of factories, manufacturing, industrialization and rebuilding of Germany and its military with remilitarization in the mid 1930s.