Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, presides over the formal opening of the Nazi 6th Party Congress in Nuremberg
Germany Date:1934, September Duration:4 min 0 sec Sound:Yes
Scene opens with sounds of trumpets as a spotlight illuminates a large German eagle sculpture. Rudolf Hess (or Heß) at a podium, in the Luitpoldhalle on the Nazi party grounds, officially opens the Nazi 6th Congress by honoring the memory of Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (who died a month earlier). All present rise as Hess speaks of their remembrance of Hindenburg and all their fallen comrades. They maintain a moment of silence. Hess continues by welcoming several invited guests, whom camera focuses upon momentarily, including a Japanese diplomat. Camera pans over audience, pausing at Admiral Erich Raeder sitting next to General Werner von Fritsch (eyes closed?). As Hess continues speaking, the camera pans over the audience, showing more military in uniform and enthusiastic civilians. Hess addresses Hitler ("Mein führer) and more uniformed military are seen, including Hermann Goering (Göring), sitting with arms folded. Hitler is seen seated with others, listening as Hess extols him. Views of uniformed men applauding enthusiastically. Hess continues (sweating slightly). Hitler, still seated with others, gives a weak Nazi salute in response to the adulation of the attendees. Camera view, from back of hall, shows stage and curtains with sign reading Everything for Germany (Alles für Deutschland). Baldur von Schirach is seated at Hitler's right. Camera focuses on Joseph Göbbels (Goebbels) applauding and on Hess, waiting for the crowd to quiet down. Glimpse of Hitler, again, with Martin Bohrmann, seated at his left. An older woman applauding, and a girl (standing on her seat) applauding. Hess says something to the effect that Germany is the homeland of all the Germans in the world. Following some final remarks he breaks into a Nazi salute, saying "Heil Hitler" and Sieg Heil. Hitler stands and showing great satisfaction steps to shake hands and thank Hess for his remarks. Glimpse from back of the hall.
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