Eyewitness: The 1950s

(Der Augenzeuge – Die 50er Jahre)

GDR, n/a/2001, 349 min
In German; no subtitles


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 50s (1950-1953)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1950 and 1953, one can see amongst other things:

  • No. 11 from 3/17/1950: Leipzig Spring Fair 1950
  • No. 28 from 7/14/1950: Foreign Legionnaires in Vietnam, Construction of the Sosa Dam, Gymnastics
  • No. 23 from 6/1/1951: Launch of the "Wilhelm Pieck," GDR Soccer Championship Finals
  • No. 33 from 8/10/1951: Third World Festival Games by the Youth and Students for Peace in Berlin
  • No. 53 from 12/28/1951: Caricaturists, Visit to a Liqueur Factory, "Happy New Year"
  • No. 2 from 1/11/1952: National Construction Program Berlin, Adenauer and the Knechtsand Island
  • No. 21 from 5/23/1952: Essener Bloody Sunday, Book Week, Teletype from Chemnitz
  • No. 49 from 12/5/1952: Christmas Trees from the Thuringian Forest, Mansfeld Combine
  • No. 26 from 6/26/1953: Crimes of the Rosenbergs, TB Innoculations from Jena
  • No. 30 from 7/24/1953: Fallingbostel: Nazi Rally, International "Avus" Race, Holiday in Thuringia


Part 2: The 50s (1954-1956)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1954 and 1956, one can see amongst other things:

  • No. 6 from 2/1/1954: Four Powers Conference in Berlin, Defeat for ten Hoff in the U.S.A.
  • No. 12 from 3/19/1954: "Ernst Thälmann" Film Premiere, Otto Grotewohl Turns 60, "Thistle"
  • No. 28 from 7/9/1954: Press Conference with Former Field Marshall Paulus
  • No. 52 from 12/24/1954: Federal Border Guard (BGS), Christmas at the Head of the Train, East-West Celebration
  • No. 6 from 2/11/1955: 10th Anniversary of the Destruction of Berlin, Mardi Gras on the Spree
  • No. 17 from 4/29/1955: Albert Einstein Dies, Lenin's 85th Birthday
  • No. 52 from 12/30/1955: The 500th Eyewitness - An Anniversary Show
  • No. 34 from 8/24/1956: KPD Banned - Report from Karlsruhe, Bertolt Brecht Dies
  • No. 51 from 12/21/1956: Highlights of the 16th Olympic Games
  • No. 52 from 12/28/1956: Our Republic 1956, West Germany: Between Rock n' Roll and Military Drafts 


Part 3: The 50s (1957-1959)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1957 and 1959, one can see amongst other things:

  • No. 39 from 6/11/1957: Wedding of F.J. Strauss, Manöver: 15 Soldiers, Speedboat EM
  • No. 82 from 11/8/1957: Sputnik II with Laika, Ulbricht and Grotewohl Travel to Moscow
  • No. 95 from 12/23/1957: Year in Retrospect
  • No. 16 from 2/21/1958: French Attack of Tunisia, Flak Unit of the National People's Army (NVA), Friedrichstadtpalast
  • No. 37 from 5/6/1958: May First: the Battle of Nuclear Death: National and International Reports
  • No. 45 from 6/3/1958: General de Gaulle in France, Berlin Presents Fashion "Line 58"
  • No. 21 from 3/10/1959: Khruschev at the Leipzig Fair, Alpine Ski Championship
  • No. 32 from 4/17/1959: Grotewohl on Adenauer, Professor Hagemann on Unity, Youth Celebration
  • No. 72 from 9/4/1959: Highest Court of the GDR Convicts 4 German and American Agents, International Motor Boat Race
  • No. 82 from 10/9/1959: 10th Anniversary of the GDR


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