Twenty one former Nazi SS men go on trial before military tribunal for the massacre of 1944, of 642 men, women and children at a village in Oradour-sur-Glane. While in the village, seven survivors survey the charred buildings of the hamlet which was put to torch. Abandoned bicycle with flowers. Mourners at graves.
Allied capture of Cherbourg, France, on June 25th, 1944, in World War 2. German prisoners of war marching under guard, with hands on their heads. Aerial vies of the Cherbourg harbor, extensively sobotaged by the Germans. Allied engineers working to repair the port. Power shovels, welders, and divers seen at work. Troops moving up the peninsula from Cherbourg. Weapons being distributed to Frenchmen, in Allied occupied areas.French irregulars firing against German forces in mountains, and sabotaging German facilities. Numerous bodies of civilian villagers, slain by a Battalion of the Nazi 4th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment ("Der Führer"), and destroyed buildings in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Temporary stakes marking their graves.
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.
During Nuremberg trial Hans Frank describes the Nazi policies of exterminating Poles and others. Atrocities inflicted on prisoners in Ourador Sur Glane, France in Bande, Belgium in Catacombe, Italy and in Czechoslovakia. Prisoners died due to Nazi atrocities. In his testimony Rudolf Hess (sometimes spelled Höß or Hoess or Heß) describes concentration camp at Auschwitz, medical experiments like lowering body temperature and injecting the body with poisons and infectious diseases. Victims of Nazi atrocities given medical assistance at a hospital. Concentration camp and gas chambers.
French fashion preview. Models display 1953's 'New Look' in winter and evening fashions. The winter dresses and coats designed by leading dress designers.
The first U.S. prison camp in Colleville-sur-Mer after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. U.S. soldiers question German prisoners. Prisoners rest on the ground. One of the prisoner being interrogated at a map. American cemetery near Eterville, France shows a grave with flowers. Open graves. Dead bodies of U.S. soldiers on the ground await burial. Wrecked gliders in the background. A soldier writes out a tag for the dead.