Jubilant Crowds in Manhattan, New York City, celebrate German surrender ending World War I.
New York City USA Date:1918, November Duration:4 min 48 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Crowds in New York City celebrate end of World War 1 near time of Armistice. View from above of crowds on 5th Avenue, in Manhattan, gathered at Madison Square, around the Altar of Liberty designed by architect Thomas Hastings, to honor homecoming American soldiers. Camera pans across celebrants waving hats, hands, and flags. Scene shifts to the financial district, and the George Washington Statue at Federal Hall, Wall Street, which has been draped with American flag and signs reading: "Liberty cannot die." A clergyman standing below the statue, paces back and forth. Closeup of a bearded Jewish man, wrapped in a Yiddish newspaper announcing the armistice. He is blowing a horn and has an American flag and a blue and white Jewish flag fastened at his back. Camera pans over young women dressed in costumes as: soldiers, nurses, drum majorettes, the statue of liberty, red cross workers, and Uncle Sam. View shifts to an effigy of the German Kaiser suspended high above the street, between two buildings. Men ride on the outside of a car. One "chokes" an small effigy of the Kaiser while another pummels it. Another crowd raises an effigy of the Kaiser aloft holding a white flag of surrender. A man wearing a grotesque mask of the Kaiser, with Kammerad written across the forehead. He holds an American flag. Vehicles, including a horse-drawn carriage, move along a street surrounded by vast crowds. Confetti flies through the air. Jubilant crowd wave newspapers with headline: Germany Surrenders. A double-decker bus seen in background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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