The Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism with Archival Footage of Framepool

The Königsplatz in Munich is the location of the new Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. The new center has been built on the estate of the former “Brown House” – the headquartes of the Nazi Party the central of terror during the Third Reich. Framepool has carried out research for archival films that are shown in the exhibition and the app of the new museum.  

Liberation of Munich April 30, 1945

On April 30, 1945 American troops reached the City of Munich. 2 days prior they had liberated the Nazi Concentration Camp Dachau, 20 miles away from the city. The same day a group of resistance fighters, the “Freiheitsaktion Bayern” (Mission Free Bavaria) had tried to gain control over the city but were defeated by SS units that were placed close to the city. Cameramen of the US Army Signal Corps filmed the advance to Munich of the 45th US Infantry and the 20th Armoured divisions. The films of April 29 and April 30, 1945 show some fights between American units and groups of SS soldiers hidden in the woods during their approach to the city. An American soldier is carrying the towns signpost “München – Hauptstadt der Bewegung” (Munich Capital of the Nazi Movement) as Hitler had denoted the Bavarian city. Inside the city American vanguards met groups of citizens willing to help them move ahead. There was no fighting downtown Munich, nevertheless the Nazi Wehrmacht and their broadcaster spoke about heavy resistance. The film shows vanguards moving towards the city center through Dachauer Straße, the surrender of the city, authorities in the police headquarters and people downtown Munich welcoming the US tanks with white rags. Joyous and celebratory scenes were shot at the Lenbachplatz where children are lifted up to American tanks as a sign of freedom.

All footage has been collected and scanned on HD by Framepool and is available at

Liberation of Munich

Films and Stills about the Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp April 29 1945

Dachau became one of the largest Concentration camps in Germany, a mere metropolis of death. It served as a prototype and model for other Nazi concentration camps. Established by the Nazis in March 1933, the Dachau concentration camp was “the first concentration camp for political prisoners” as Heinrich Himmler stated. It is located on the grounds of a former munitions factory near Dachau, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) northwest of Munich. Almost every community in Germany had members taken away to these camps. Newspapers continually reported the removal to concentration camps of the enemies of “the Reich” – what means opponents to the Nazi dictatorship.  

American Football – Feel the passion!

Super Bowl time!

This Sunday February 1st, the 2 top teams in American Football will meet to determine who is the best of the best! The defending champion Seattle Seahawks  will battle the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl XLIX title. The showdown will take place in Arizona, luckily for them the weather is supposed to be nice, whether this will play in the favor of any team is still to be seen.

Framepool would love to take you to where the action will be, but in anticipation, here is a teaser of what Football is about!

All clips in the following showreel are rights ready and available for licensing at

Not interested in Football, no problem, our online library has plenty of sports footage all in HD!

Better yet, take a minute to discover what Arizona, Seattle and New England have to offer.

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The Mystery of the Enigma

This month, the much anticipated movie “The Imitation Game” with Benedict Cumberbatch will be released. The story is about Alan Turing, the British computer scientist who helped crack the Enigma coder during World War II and was instrumental to the defeat of the Germans by decoding their secret messages.

Although the film focuses on the British Bombe an electromechanical device designed by Alan Turing we should not forget that it took a number of scientists to crack one machine, the Enigma.

The  Enigma machines were invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius. The German military Enigma machine became a powerful weapon during WWII for all communications. They were used for enciphering and deciphering secret messages. Not all were used for military purposes, although the public interest and curiosity revolves around the military machines which can be found on display in museums around the world.

Framepool has rare footage of the military Enigma used in WWII and also from the film premiere of “The Imitation Game”.

Oscar Awarded Color Footage: Popular Science and other Color Series of the 40s

About 3 years ago I was contacted by Mary Riley about having Framepool represent their Oscar winning collections. We were of course floored!  With 5 Academy Award nominations and 2 Oscar wins, the Theatrical Short Subject Series were produced from 1935 to 1950 and premiered as one of Paramount Pictures biggest theatrical feature films of the day.

Never before seen footage of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Almost 25 years after the opening of the Berlin Wall, there are still new images of this historic event. Framepool has recently acquired great footage that was shot the day after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. There are real testimonials from the people of East and West Germany. The joy of this important moment in German history has been captured and preserved for posterity. These images can now be licensed for the first time at Framepool.

We have created a shotlist from the images seen in our trailer yet there is much more material from this event in our online-shop.

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