Nazi rise to power, rearmament and remilitarization of Germany leading up to World War 2, and actions related the Nuremberg Trials held at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, following World War II. Exterior view of the Reichstag in Berlin. Joseph Goebbels at desk during the Nuremberg Trials. Hans Bernd Gisevius, former official of the Berlin police administration, testifies concerning his investigation of the Reichstag fire. Hans Gisevius relates how Goebbels recruited reliable Nazis to intentionally burn down the Reichstag as a propaganda stunt to help the Nazi movement. Nuremberg War Trial defendants stand in their dock including Herman Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Karl Donitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach and Fritz Sauckel. Close up of Herman Goring. Footage showing firefighters spraying water on smoking ruins of Reichstag following Reichstag fire in 1933. A German police officer stands guard at the smoking ruins of the Reichstag. View from a high ridge of League of Nations Palace of Nations in Geneva, and then inside the League of Nations meeting chamber during the disarmament conference of 1933. View of a Nazi submarine launching in 1934. Steel mill operations and Industrial war materiel operations in Germany in the early 1930's as Germany rearmed and restarted war production. A Nazi party meeting in Germany where General Werner von Blomberg announces compulsory military service. View of legal document describing new military service law. View of conscripted civilian German men with suitcases marching forward report for mandatory military training. Nazi forces in training march goosestep at training camp; Junkers 52 aircraft in background. Soldiers goosestep while walking bicycles in a line. Nazi troops trained. Scenes of remilitarization of Rhineland, violating terms of the Treaty of Versailles, as Nazi troops in 1936 march over the Hohenzollern Bridge crossing the River Rhine, with Cologne Cathedral rising in the background.
Bavarians celebrating in the city of Nuremberg, during the Nazi 6th Party Congress held there, September 5th through 10th, 1934. A man, playing an accordian, leads a group of local residents, dressed in traditional costumes (Bayerische Volkstrachten) as they parade quietly along a street in Nuremberg, Germany. Most are in farmers' garb. Some men carry sheaves of wheat on wooden implements, and some women hold ribbons tied to a pole (small Maypole, not seen). A man wearing a tricorn hat and a woman in equivalent costume, walk under an outsize umbrella. Scene shifts to others marching, including small children escorted by women; men and boys in Lederhosen; and young women in white dresses. Camera focuses on a baby and on small children watching from the sidewalks. A marching band of men in lederhosen plays music. Closeup of children spectators. Marchers escorting a flower-filled float. Closeup of a little girl in costume with hair in braids, eating an apple. Boy climbing on building ledge to get a better view. Adolf Hitler, in uniform, bareheaded (carrying his cap) walks from sidewalk to the street where he greets women in costume. Another view of the boy on the building ledge. Hitler continues to meet and greet costumed parade participants, who are standing in the street. (The parade has stopped at this point.) Camera catches glimpses of spectators absorbed with the scene. As he continues to meet and greet participants, Hitler is accompanied by a man in costume with armband (likely a parade official). More closeups of spectators. Scene shifts to a large square, where various units of Hitler youth are assembled. Hitler walks past them and past his Mercedes Benz 770K parade car. Closeups of a cadre of bareheaded young uniformed men and of Hitler rendering a half Nazi salute and then smiling as he personally greets and converses with them. Closeups of: a boy watching; Hitler getting into his car and crowd cheering him. Closeups of motorcade cars driving away. Rudolf Hess (or Heß) is seen rendering Nazi salute from one. Baldur von Schirach, Hitler Youth Leader
(Reichsjugendführer)is seen in another. Joseph Goebbels rides in the front of another car accompanied by four SS officers, in black uniforms, as it drives past the Hotel Deutscher Hof. Closeups of civilian spectators rendering Nazi salutes as the motorcade passes them.
Scene is in the Luitpoldhalle meeting hall at the Nazi party Congress Grounds (Reichsparteitagsgelände) in Nuremberg Germany, during the 6th Party Congress of 1934. Rudolf Hess strides to the podium and simply says "The leader speaks," whereupon the assembly cheers enthusiastically, as Adolf Hitler stands quietly at the podium, until the cheering subsides. He then begins his speech noting that the 6th Party Congess is ending. As he continues to speak about the significance of the National Socialist Party, extoling its virtues and importance, the camera shows closeups of party leaders listening, including: Rudolf Hess; Joseph Goebbels; Hermann Goering; Heinrich Himmler; Baldur von Schirach, and others. As Hitler reminisces about the days when it was hard to be a National Socialist, the assembly responds with cheers of recognition. Thereafter, the film shifts back and forth between Hitler at the podium, and scenes of the audience responding, and of individuals listening intently. Glimpse of Goering standing and looking about, as Hess takes the podium in the noisy wake of Hitler's speech. Hitler giving arm-bent Nazi half salute. As enthusiastic cheering continues, Hess turns again and salutes Hitler. But it is difficult to quiet the crowd. Finally, Hess shouts that the "The Party is Hitler's but Germany is Hitler's and Hitler is Germany's (Die Partei ist Hitler, aber Deutschland ist Hitler und Hitler ist Deutschland). Then he turns and leads a round of "Sieg Heils" for Hitler. Then the entire assembly begins to sing the Nazi Party anthem (Horst-Wessel lied), in a slow deliberate tempo, as light fills the stage area of the hall. Camera focuses on a giant swastika, zooms in, and fades to marching troops.
Film opens with what looks like a frosty negative image. But camera pans up showing underneath of a stone bridge with images reflecting in the water. As it continues panning up, it shows a parade of German Sturmabteilung (SA) marching across the Fleisch bridge (Fleishbrücke), over the Pegnitz river toward the center of Nuremberg. Glimpse of some SA troops saluting as they observe from a perch on the corner of a building. View from behind SA troops as they march toward the market square in Nuremberg. Spectators rising from stands at the main market square (Hauptmarkt). SA troops giving Nazi salute as they march past the square. The back of Sankt Sebaldus Kirche (Saint Sebaldus Church) looms ahead, at Rathausplatz. Glimpse of spectators on roof overlooking spires and crosses of the Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful fountain) in the corner of the square. View from high above overlooking the area. Spires of St. Sebaldus in background. Troops parading in street below. Residents watching from apartment windows. Interesting views of marchers through building structural elements. Rooftop view of marchers passing the market square and then from high across the square, showing Hitler's car serving as reviewing stand, as troops march past. View from a window, with flagpole extended, of troops passing the Schöner Brunnen. The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) tucked between other buildings at the square with Schöner Brunnen in foreground. Camera pans across the square, to troops marching. Hitler standing in his car, giving Nazi salute with head bowed as a color guard marches past. Older German officers rendering traditional hand salutes (not Nazi salutes). Members of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labor Service, or RAD) march past with shouldered spades. Closeup from slightly below him, with sky and clouds above, of Hitler saluting the marchers. Closup of Hitler looking regal, as he salutes. Glimpse of Joseph Goebbels watching the parade. More closeups of Hitler. A color guard accompanied by several soldiers carrying pickaxes,leading more Reichsarbeitsdienst carrying spades. Assorted views of marchers, Hitler, Spectators at windows, and interesting views of parade passing through arches of bridges. Glimpse of Hitler standing in his Mercedes Benz 770K car (with exhausts coming from the hood). A marching band of the Nazi Party's Schutzstaffel (SS) Heinrich Himmler is seen next, following their leader, Heinrich Himmler, who exchanges salutes with Hitler, as he passes. He then steps to Hitler's car, salutes, shakes hands, and joins other Nazi leaders standing nearby. Closeup of Himmler standing by Hitler's car as his SS troops march past. camera pans up to Hitler saluting. momentary interruption in film. It resumes, focusing mostly on spectators jostling to get better views of the parade. A goose-stepping SS marching band is seen. Crowds cheer and Hitler salutes an SS color guard. Older Army officers again rendering traditional hand salutes. SS carrying sabres, march past. Final scene shows the stationary SS brass band moving into the street and goose-stepping at the end of the line of march.
Hitler reviews a parade of SA (Sturmabteilung, or Storm Troopers) and SS troops marching through the streets of Nuremberg. They pass the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). Civilians crowd sidewalks and can be seen watching from windows and store fronts. They cheer. Three men seated on a boundary wall watch the parade. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler in a car. A back view of the marchers. People look from the balcony of their houses. Hermann Goering is seen standing between two, what appear to be, Sturmabteilung officers.
As martial fanfare music plays in the background, Camera pans down from clouds, to Huge eagle adorning top of grandstand at Zepelinfeld (Zepelin field) in the Nazi Party grounds, Nuremberg, during the 6th Party Congress of 1934. Huge numbers of flag bearers move en masse across the field. View of them descending a slope and marching toward the field. It is late in the day and cloudy. The camera focuses on the flags more than the flag-bearers. A glimpse of Adolf Hitler spot-lighted as he stands on a podium near microphones. More flags. Then Hitler, again, from behind him, on the podium, as he has his hand raised in Nazi salute. Masses of flags parading across the field in fading light. Closeup of Hitler saluting. The Horst-Wessel anthem is played as a dirge in the meantime. Hitler speaks, about some 200 thousand persons assembled here. Camera begins to pan in a circle around the base of the podium, focusing on Hitler as he speaks, about all being together and the strength of their unity. Closeup views of Hitler from various angles with dramatic lighting, as he speaks. Evoking patrotism, Hitler talks about thinking every minute of every hour about Germany, the Reich, and the nation, and concludes with a rousing "Sieg Heil." Views from distance of the spotlighted eagle and flags at the stadium grandstand, in smoky haze of burning torches. Sounds of crowd repeating "Sieg Heil." flags dimly seen in light of torches. Silhouetted marching feet and then men carrying torches, banners, and flags, as martial music plays. Hitler seen holding a straight extended Nazi salute and then closing it, as he turns toward the camera. Formation of torches into the distance and views of uniformed men carrying them. Closeup of Hitler, standing regally, followed by more marchers who fade along with the music, to finish the film.