Camp for Russian prisoners in Plattling, Germany soon after World War II. Russian prisoners being placed in line by a U.S. soldiers. Prisoners walk along a field and being lined up. Prisoners carry their meager possessions. Line of U.S. trucks. Russian and U.S. soldiers on guard. Line of Russian prisoners being marched to trucks for return to Russia. Prisoners getting into a truck guarded by rifle carrying U.S. soldiers. Truck pulls off. Trucks drive up to a train. Prisoners being searched for knives or weapons of any kind. Historical record accompanying the footage indicates that these Russian prisoners were former Russian soldiers, captured by the Germans, and that some of them then joined and fought for Germany.
Arrival of displaced persons and refugees of World War 2 in New York, after the war. Men, women, and children arriving at New York City on May 20, 1946 after a voyage that departed Bremerhaven Germany on May 11, 1946. People greet relatives at the dock in New York. Two young men and a girl stand together and show the concentration camp tattoos on their arms. The tattoo numbers are A9496 on the young man with the hat, A13889 on the girl, and B3073 on the young man without a hat. The young man with tattoo B3073 is Berek Gola (also called Bernard Gola) a 20 year old Jewish man from Poland. He had been imprisoned by the Nazis at Treblinka and at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp (where he received the tattoo). A woman and a man holding a young girl stand. Women holding children stand by. A man holding a young child. People debarking from the ship. People crowd at the dock. They meet their relatives. People stand behind a fence. A woman greets her relative. An emotional woman cries when reunited with relatives.
The London Blitz. Sections of London ablaze from German bombing.US President Franklin Roosevelt signing H.R. 1946, Lend-Lease legislation. View of last page of H.R.1946, signed by Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and by President Roosevelt. United States sends war material to England. 'USA' written on Lend-Lease boxes being loaded on lorry after arrival in Britain. Huge crates of Lend-Lease war materiel on railroad flat cars pulled by locomotive. Smoke rises up from the engine. 'Machine tools, BULLARD, Bridgeport Conn.' written on crate in transit.
Views from dock in New York and from aboard ship as the SS Marine Flasher arrives in New York on May 20, 1946, after departing Bremerhaven Germany on May 11, 1946. Crowd of people gathered to greet passengers getting off the ship. Scenes show jubilant people and some reunions of family members or relatives. The passengers are largely displaced persons and refugees from World War 2. People disembark the ship. A woman with her child stands in front of a hatch. Three women aboard the ship pose. A woman kisses a man. People meet their relatives. People leave with their luggage. The luggage of the people with tags. Luggage tags with name (Ingeborg) Inge Rummeni of 824 North 38th St. Milwaukee Wisconsin on them. A woman and a child show concentration camp number tattoos on their arms from a Nazi German prison camp.
Reconstruction problems in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Examples of prewar Germany's industrial and commercial prowess, showing its consumer products and famous cameras. A German coal-burning power plant and miners extracting coal from Germany's vast natural supplies. Coal being transported by conveyer belt. Open rail cars loaded to capacity with German coal. A German iron and steel plant dependent on coal. Shift to postwar destruction including destroyed: German factory; locomotive; rail yards; trucks; farm machinery; fertilizer plant; farm fields lacking crops. Shift to prewar era with view of British coal cars getting ready to be emptied for export to Europe. Current postwar view of British coal cars and coal, that narrator says are barely enough for her own needs. View of prewar German coke being loaded onto conveyers. Coal miners receiving food ration cards. Animated map showing "Iron Curtain," of Soviet occupation, separating traditional German regions of agriculture from those of industry. British Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin; French Foreign Minister, Georges Bidault; Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov; and U.S. Secretary of State, George Marshall; are seen at the Paris Conference in 1946 where they negotiated the postwar future of Germany. Reminder footage of Hitler with brownshirts in 1930s. Italian police coping with communist inspired unrest in Italy. Bombed out buildings in snow. Europeans literally scratching for bits of food from pavement and trash heaps. Two women fighting with each other. Dejected woman. French Communist party leader, Maurice Thorez, haranguing a large crowd. Party flag with hammer and sickle behind him.
A memorandum expresses Adolf Hitler's desire to invade Czechoslovakia. Munich Pact discussed during the trial of Nazi leaders for war crimes in Nuremberg, Germany in 1946. Footage from 193 8 as Adolf Hitler and other leaders from Britain, Italy and France sign Munich Agreement or Munich Pact that leads to annexation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany. Czech President Emil Hacha arrives to meet the German leaders.