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Kurt Gatner, an Austrian internee at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

Internees at a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. Kurt Gatner, a former Chief of Prime Minister Schuschingg's body guard from Vienna, Austria. He says that he was arrested in 1938 soon after the occupation of Austria by Germans. He states how he was badly treated at various concentration camps. He talks about the harsh punishments being given at these camps. He thanks the American and other Allied forces for liberating him and many others from the camp. Other internees in the background.

Date: 1945, April 26
Duration: 1 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: English
 
 
Remilitarized Germany crosses Rhine in violation of Treaty of Versailles; annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia by Germany.

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

Date: 1938
Duration: 8 min 32 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American troops and tanks in Austria at the end of World War II.

End of World War II in Europe. American tanks and military vehicles move past a burning house in Austria. House burns as smoke rises. American troops move across a lush green field.

Date: 1945, May
Duration: 1 min 45 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
German soldiers fight fire at a Church in Austria during the end of World War II.

End of World War II in Europe. A Church on fire in Austria. German soldiers spray water from a hose to extinguish fire. Soldiers fight fire. Men handle hose. Soldiers push a machine and carry hose. Men fill buckets of water from a tank. They throw water from buckets on the building to fight fire.

Date: 1945, May
Duration: 5 min 26 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
American tanks lined up in countryside during the end of World War II, Austria.

End of World War II in Europe. Countryside in Austria with American tanks lined up. Supplies loaded onto tanks. A soldier cooks food in an open area.

Date: 1945, May
Duration: 2 min 40 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
American soldiers fight along the Austrian border near Scharnitz Pass in Austria during World War II.

United States soldiers fight along the Austrian border near Scharnitz Pass in Austria during World War Two. Infantrymen of Companies A,B, and C, 1st Battalion, 409th Regiment, 103rd Division, fire rifles at German positions in wooded hills, across a snow covered field. Soldiers take cover behind trees and fence posts. M4 Sherman tanks, a half track and jeeps support the soldiers, on a well paved road. A soldier fires a machine gun from a jeep. A tank fires its gun at hillside across the snow-covered field. The soldiers look through binoculars. Two surrendering German soldiers run by several American soldiers, one of whom swings a rifle at them and another who kicks at them as they run past. A U.S. tank enters a village, passing a sign that reads ' Scharnitz, Kreis Innsbruck '. U.S. infantrymen enter the village passing between buildings and log fences. The walk past several iron tank obstacles along paths in the village.

Date: 1945, May 1
Duration: 3 min 47 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None