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Der Augenzeuge - Die 40er Jahre (The Eyewitness - The 40s)

2001, b/w, 446 min. (3 cassettes), Documentary/Newsreel
VHS-PAL, no subtitles - renting information


This video series gives one insight into the daily events back then in the form of raw reportage of the weekly chronicles, showing (often in headlines) the momentous political and economic occurrences, athletic and youth competitions, arts and entertainment and diverting encounters with public officials as well as discoveries and incidents that moved a nation.

Part 1: The 40s (1946-1947)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1946 and 1947, one can see amongst other things:

No. 1 from 2/19/1946: The Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Boxing Match Eder-Przibilski
No. 3 from March 1946: Zone conference of the Free German Trade Union Federation (FDGB), Furtwängler in Berlin, Hairdressing Show
No. 16 from 8/30/1946: Lord Beveridge in Berlin, Dresden Kennels, "Circus Princesses"
No. 23 from 10/18/1946: Molotov in Paris, Eisenhower in Berlin, Troubles in Berlin
No. 25 from 11/1/1946: Children's Train Excursion, Elections in Berlin, Crispbread in Burg

No. 36 from 1/17/1947: Construction Lottery in Dresden, Montgomery Travels to Moscow
No. 38 from 1/31/1947: Comedian Cabaret, Penicillin Production
No. 44 from 3/14/1947: First Day of the Leipzig Fair, Bebel Celebration in the Berlin National Opera
No. 45 from 3/21/1947: General Marshall in Berlin, Moscow Conference, Fashion Show
No. 53 from 5/16/1947: Commemoration of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Victims, Homecoming of Anna Segher, Soccer

Part 2: The 40s (1947-1948)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1947 and 1948, one can see amongst other things:

No. 62 from 7/18/1947: Returning POW's from Russia, International Tennis Match in Wimbledon
No. 63 from 7/25/1947: Monaco Celebrates, Tour de France Bicycle Race, Yachting
No. 71 from 9/26/1947: Boxing Match Hucks-Gahrmeister, Construction in Kursk
No. 84 from 12/26/1947: Retrospective, Christmas Shindig, Comic Opera "The Bat"

No. 93 from 2/27/1948: Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Thale Ironworks
No. 100 from 4/16/1948: Berlin and the Zone Borders, Fashion in Paris, Housing Conditions
No. 102 from 4/30/1948: Trial of the War Criminal Görlitzer, Spring in Berlin
No. 115 from 7/30/1948: Motorcycle Race in Berlin, National Opera: "Romeo and Juliet"
No. 118 from 8/20/1948: Explosion in Ludwigshafen, Children with Godparents
No. 121 from 9/10/1948: Opening of the National Theater in Weimar, W. Staudte Shoots a Film

Part 3: The 40s (1948-1949)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1948 and 1949, one can see amongst other things:

No. 130 from 11/12/1948: Boxing Match Schmeling-Vogt, Opening of the National Theater in Dresden
No. 135 from 12/17/1948: Toy Manufacture, Airlift, Free German Youth (FDJ) Activists
No. 137 from 12/31/1948: The Year in Retrospect

No. 9 from 3/4/1949: Hype about West Berlin Currency, Fashion for Big and Small
No. 20 from 5/20/1949: Soviet Cenotaph in Berlin-Treptow, Rescindment of the Blockade
No. 28 from 7/15/1949: Joys of Baltic Sea Vacations, Berlin National Opera: "Sleeping Beauty"
No. 31 from 8/5/1949: Thomas Mann in Weimar, 600 Years of Sunny Mountain, Sanssouci Visit
No. 48 from 12/2/1949: Christmas in the Berlin Pleasure Garden, Barlay Circus: Baby Lions
No. 50 from 12/16/1949: Seventieth Birthday of J.W. Stalin
No. 52 from 12/30/1949: Retrospect 1949 with the foundation of the GDR

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