Funeral of German General Günther Korten in World War II. Hitler visits other victims of bomb plot, in hospital
East Prussia Date:1944 Duration:1 min 41 sec Sound:Yes
Camera pans across the Tannenberg Memorial courtyard where Nazi military hierarchy is gathered for the funeral of General Günther Korten, Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, who died from injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in July 1944. German military Honor Guard and band are seen in background as Marshal Hermann Goering expresses his condolences to the General's widow and relatives. Closeup of a German soldier and of the bereaved. Scene shifts to view from above and behind the flag-draped casket of General Korten, as Goering, standing in front of it, salutes with his Marshal's baton. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, and other senior military officers all salute. Soldiers bring a large wreath forward and Goering places it before the casket and salutes. View of the flag-draped casket with helmet and dagger atop it. Pall bearers lift the casket shoulder height and proceed to carry it into a tomb in the memorial building. In a complete change of scene, Adolf Hitler is seen walking with a medical officer into a military hospital in Rastenburg, where he visits German Army officers, who were injured, in the July 20th bomb plot against him during World War 2. He visits Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. He takes time and speaks with each of the wounded officers. Women nurses, assembled outside, render Nazi salutes, and cheer Hitler as he departs.
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