Trümmerfrauen (literally translated as ruins women or rubble women) is the German-language name for women who, in the aftermath of World War II helped clear and reconstruct the bombed cities. The fascinating colored films were shot in Berlin in June 1945 by a film team directed by William Wyler.
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.
One my first political memories at the age of 8 years relates to John F. Kennedy. Berlin and Dallas 1963. A heroe that died and remained a legend. Forever young. We want to pay tribute to President John F. Kennedy with this video made from our archive.
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.
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.