On 14 November 1938 – shortly after the pogroms organized by the Nazi party the night of 9 November – the German authorities ban Jewish children to attend the schools. Our short film shows at the beginning previously unreleased film material of Berlin and Jewish students of a Berlin high school, which have been filmed in 1937 by the American film director Julien Bryan. In the thirties and especially before and after the Olympics of 1936, the Nazi regime is trying to show metropolitan normality to the outside world.
Zeitgeist – Vintage Film
Archival film reels that tell a story. Historical stock footage from the 20th century…
On the evening of 8th November 1923 Hitlers Nazi Party staged a coup in the Munich beer hall “Bürgerbräukeller” against the Bavarian government and the German Republic. The putsch was inspired by Benito Mussolini‘s March on Rome, from 22 to 29 October, 1922. Hitler and his associates planned to use Munich as a base for a march of armed insurgents on Berlin to bring down democracy in Germany. In this aim he did agree with influential leaders of the Bavarian government like Gustav von Kahr. In the Bürgerbräukeller Hitler could win von Kahr and others to support his actions. But the coup leaders had not reckoned with the determined resistance of the Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria Franz Matt of the Bavarian People’s Party. During the night Matt is able to bring loyal military and police units in position.
Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig Erhard are internationally well-known for their political achievements in the post-war period, the foundation of German democracy and economic recovery. Our video shows both of them exactly 50 years ago, when the Minister of Economic and Vice Chancellor Erhard was appointed as Chancellor of West Germany after Adenauer resigned.
And even Adenauer had a bit more time to play Boccia from that day on, he kept on playing an active role in German politics until his death. With 91 years and 3,5 months he ranks as the oldest Member of German Parliament as yet. Also Erhard adhered to politics up until old age – and it goes without saying that this holds true for his cigars as well.
Wildly controversial at first, today universally regarded as an emblem of the city of Berlin:
With the opening of the Berlin Philharmonic hall on October 15th in 1963, a long period without concert house came to an end for the music-loving Berlin citizens. It took almost 20 years from the destruction of the old philharmonic hall during World War II until the opening of the new building. After initial criticism, the new „Berliner Philharmonie“ (designed by Hans Scharoun) quickly became an example of modern architecture in Berlin and a symbol for the reconstruction of Germany after the war. Today, as an elementary part of the Berlin „Kulturforum“ and its vicinity to the Potsdamer Platz, the new Philharmonic hall still represents the modern Berlin – and has become a model for many others all over the world.
Technical progress and economical growth are necessary – but often humans exceed natural limitations too rigorously, without looking at the potential consequences. Tragic disasters can be the result. One sad example happened exactly 50 years ago: On October 9th in 1963, a landslide and resulting tsunami devastated the North Italian townlet Longarone and numerous villages nearby. Approximately 2000 inhabitants were killed – until today nobody knows exactly how many people lost their lives.
The landslide caused the overtopping of one of the tallest dams in the world, which was built by the end of the 1950ies to meet the growing demands for industrialization and energy in Venice. Already before and during the construction period, some experts have been warning about a natural disaster – without being heard by the responsible parties. Economical interests were the first priority.
Looking at today’s situation, it doesn’t seem that mankind learned a lot from such disasters. We are destroying our nature, even in full awareness of the consequences. It’s time for a change in thinking, living and working, also in our industry. Otherwise the climate change and its impacts on our Oceans will be a catastrophe on an unprecedented scale.
Do you like beer? And do you like singing? Then you will certainly love the Munich Oktoberfest – which even let’s you dance on a bench on top. And you are not alone: Each year, more than 6 million people visit the world’s biggest fair – being attracted by its large tents, oversized beer steins and Bavarian food, modern and iconic carrousels and (more or less) traditional Bavarian costumes.
As you can see in our clip from the 1960ies, not so much has changed since then… And like our parents, we are looking forward to end of September, when the Oktoberfest starts with the well known “Ozapft is!”
Apropos the Sixties: We are not only offering historical clips around the Oktoberfest, but around almost all important events during 1960 to 1969!
On August 15th 1961, East German soldier Conrad Schumann was the first to flee from the GDR – during the construction of the Berlin Wall. The photograph showing his jump over the barbwire is one of the most famous and widely known pictures of the cold war.
On august 6th 1932 Konrad Adenauer opened the first German Autobahn. The revolution in transportation made the term Autobahn known all over the world. At the opening only few vehicles could reach the top speed of 120 km/h. Today the German motorways are famous for the lack of speed limit. But motorways are very special in every country. Wide and crowded in the USA or new, long and also crowded in China, which since 2011 has the most motorways in the world.
Now it’s out: the son of Prince William and Kate is called George Alexander Louis. To prepare him for his future “Royal Baby” tasks, we unveil a video of his granduncle Prince Andrew at Balmoral Castle in October 1960. It’s an example of great sovereignty – but we are certain that George Alexander Louis will behave in no way inferior to his granduncle when it comes to representation…
Interested in more stock footage around the British Royals? Have a look at Framepool.com!
In July 1933 a crowd of over 40.000 people welcomed the aviator Wiley Post in New York City, who had circled around the world alone in 8 days. Aviation was still an adventure and aviators and aviatrixes like Lindbergh, Post or Amelia Earhart gave the proof that the plane will become the main transportation system for long distances. Post used a high-wing, single-engine Lockheed Vega, one of the most famous record-breaking aircraft of the early 1930s. Our stock footage clip, scanned from film to HD video, shows the confetti parade in New York City after his return from the flight, July 23, 1933.
More stock footage clips showing Wiley Post at Framepool.