The opening scene depicts Heldengedenktag (Heroes' memorial day) in Berlin, March 13,1938. It shows the spartan interior of the Neue Wache (New Guard) World War One memorial on Unter den Linden. A cross stands above masses of flowers and a flame burns next to it. A sentry stands outside the building. View of the equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, nearby in the center of Unter den Linden. Camera pans back across the front of the New Guard building showing soldiers in formation on either side. Accompanied by two officers, Hermann Goering in uniform, including steel helmet, walks behind soldiers as they carry a large floral wreath across the square and into the New Guard building. View from inside as they enter and place the wreath. Closeup of the wreath shows a ribbon with words: "Adolf Hitler." The two officers render a Nazi salute and Goering salutes with his Luftwaffe Field Marshal's baton. Throughout the sequence,the war song, "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden," is softly played as a slow dirge in the background. Scene shifts completely to a hall at night, in Vienna, Austria, as Goering gives a speech referring to Adolf Hitler. View of St. Stephen's cathedral and scenes from several days prior, as crowds cheer in Heldenplatz about the Anschluss (annexation of Austria by Germany). Animated map showing the territorial annexation. Slate displaying the slogan: "Ein Volk; Ein Reich; Ein Fuhrer" (One people; one nation; one leader.)
(Note: Regarding the New Guard, in Berlin: Since 1993, it has been the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the victims of war and tyranny. The eternal flame was replaced by a Four- times-enlarged copy of the bronze sculpture, "Mother with Dead Son,"by Kaethe Kollwitz, on a slab of black granite in the center of the room underneath the oculus. Her original small bronze made in 1937, resides in the Kaethe Kollwitz Museum in Charlottenburg.)
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.
Famous tourist destinations and architecture in Vienna, Austria. A group of girls holding flags performs an aerobic dance. A large crowd of spectators to see the performance. View of the State Opera, the City Hall and the Schonbrunn Castle. Vehicles and people on a street. A fountain in a pond in front of the castle.
Ballet performance sponsored by Nazi government for workers in Vienna, Austria. Interior of a theater. Orchestra Conductor. Ballet dancers on a stage perform. Audience watches in delight.
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
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.