Professor Archibald Cary Coolidge of Harvard University, special assistant to the Department of State, assigned to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace. He is seen in this sequence, with members of his staff, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, from where they assessed postwar political conditions in Austria-Hungary and neighborhood countries, and made recommendations for the U.S. participants at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. The sequence begins with staff members walking from an imposing government building, to pose as a group. It is January, and snow is on the ground. Professor Coolidge, holds gloves in his left hand and warms his right hand inside his coat in Napoleonic manner, as he chats with others. Staff members are predominantly military officers and include both U.S. Army and Navy personnel.
The ceremony during the formation of republic of the Austria in Vienna, Austria. People gathered at the ceremony during the formation of the Austrian republic. People in front of the Athena fountain at the Austrian Parliament House. Soldiers stand in line holding flags. An Austrian politician Karl Seitz stands with other officials. Officials with troops stand near the Bronze horse tamer statue. Soldiers stand in formation. The Athena Fountain (Pallas-Athene-Brunnen) in front of the Parliament in the background. People walk in lines to cast their vote. People come out of the voting room.
Views of Vienna, including St. Stephen's Cathedral; the Austrian Parliament building; the Vienna State Opera;Schobrunn Palace, and downtown street scenes of shops, buildings. trams, cars, and pedestrians. The U.S. Presidential 707 airplane arriving at Vienna Airport, Saturday, June 3, 1961. Wellwishers wave banners and flags from the observation deck of the airport. Austrian President Adolf Scharf and Chancellor, Alfons Gorbach, walk out on a red carpet, past a military honor guard, to greet the President and Mrs. Kennedy. Scene shifts to President Kennedy broadcasting a report, about his European trip, to the American people, on June 6,1961, He states that he went to Vienna to meet the Leader of the Soviet Union, Mr. Khrushchev. View of President Kennedy shaking hands with Khrushchev, in Vienna. Kennedy, Krushchev, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, with Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, and other officials on steps of meeting place. The two leaders shaking hands again, as photographers take pictures. Local citizens watching the historic event. Scene shifts back to President Kennedy delivering his post-trip report to the Nation. Scene shifts to the Soviet Embassy in Vienna, where Nikita Khrushchev stands outside and greets President Kennedy as his car arrives. Views of Kennedy and Khrushchev conversing inside the Soviet Embassy. Brief outdoor scenes and then view of Khrushchev escorting Kennedy as he leaves the Embassy, and he and Dean Rusk enter their car. Final scene reverts back to Kennedy's broadcast on June 6th.
Various scenes of Vienna Austria, following World War 1. Military officers (or cadets) in uniform, complete with swords, walk in single file across a square in the city. Behind them is a tiny park containing a tall memorial structure, and behind that two seven-story buildings that frame the corner of the square. A large crowd quietly assembled in a square with the large tree-filled city park (Stadtpark) in the background. Another view near Ringstrasse (possibly from near the University area) with line of buildings leading to the Votive Church (Votivkirche) and its twin steeples in the background. Next scene shows people gathering near some statues in a small park. A cluster of large official-looking buildings seen prominently in the background. In final scenes, people are gathered in front ot the Austrian Parliament building (on the Ringstrasse boulevard in the first district, aka, Innere Stadt). The The Athena Fountain (Pallas-Athene-Brunnen) is seen in front of the building.
Military officers meet and pose in Vienna, Austria. General Harris, General Harries, British General Ewart and French General Dupont stand in uniform. They talk and pose. A Negro soldier stands and talks to another soldier. An officer stands with other officers and soldiers at the garden in the premises of a building. They talk and pose.
Germany's entry into Austria. A Nazi soldier holds an old man and inquires. Civilians cheer as the German motorized infantry crosses the Austria-German border. Nazi soldiers march through the streets. Nazi troops cross a long bridge on a river. German tank enters Austrian village as people and children with Nazi flag, pose a Nazi salute. Troops of German army enter various towns of Austria and are greeted by Austrian Nazis. Nazi soldiers talking at a base. German planes flying in Austrian sky. Jewish people with their luggage rush into a railway station. Signs indicates trains bound for Warsaw. Seyss-Inquart addresses a crowd as Himmler looks on. Motorcade of Hitler through the streets of Berlin after his return from Austria. Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels seen. Huge crowd salute Hitler and cheer the Anschluss. Nazi leader greets people from a balcony. German troops entering Vienna welcomed by a huge crowd. Nazi military leaders accept salute from the crowd. Sound includes German narrator and background sounds of the parades and rallies.