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.
Muhammad Ali was the ‘Greatest of all Time’ , Pelé was simply called ‘O Rei’ (The King), but Babe Ruth was the ‘Sultan of Swat’. He slammed 714 home runs over the fence, his career Slugging Percentage is still unbeaten.
Babe ‘The Bambino’ Ruth won 4 World Series with the New York Yankees. After he was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Yankees, he caused a 86-year period for the Sox without winning any title, the so-called ‘Curse of the Bambino’. There were Yankee players like Yogi Berra or Joe DiMaggio, who won more World Series, but the old Yankee Stadium owned the nickname ‘The House That Ruth Built’ for many years. His earned titles in the early 1920ies made Ruth a national, maybe world wide icon.
On May 30, 1935 he had his last Major League plate appearance for the Boston Braves and became one year later one of the first Hall of Famers in Baseball.
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.
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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.
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In anticipation of the World’s Fair this coming May in Milan, we are taking a look back at the Brussels World’s fair from 1958 in which the USA made a big impact with its modern living model and how the “American Way of Life” was adopted by Europe.
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.
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.
50 Years ago Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam after Congress passed the ‘Gulf of Tonkin Resolution’ giving the president power to use any degree of military force in Southeast Asia without having to ask for an official declaration of war. Thereby increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to over 550,000 with many in combat roles by 1968.
“It will be there when peace comes to us – and so will we. Not with soldiers and planes, not with bombs and bullets but with all the wondrous weapons of peace in the 20th century. And then, perhaps, together, all of the people in the world can share that gracious task with all the people of Viet-nam, North and South alike.”
Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson addression the association of American Cartoonist on the US policy in South Vietnam. Reaffirming the US policy and talking about a peaceful Vietnam, once the fighting can be brought to an end.
The film “D-Day To Germany” was shot from June to November 1944 by the cinematographer Jack Lieb, who was working as war correspondent for the newsreel News of the Day. Twenty-five years later, Lieb recorded spoken narration. Lieb shot silent color footage of the “Operation Overlord” with his own 16mm camera. His commentary create a unique, personal recollection of that momentous time. He had used a 35mm black and white camera to film war coverage for the newsreels and his 16mm home movie camera to shoot color film to show to his family back home. After the war, Lieb edited the color footage.
The film starts with images from London shot in May 1944. Lieb then joins a group of war correspondents at the south coast of England that will cover the invasion. Personalities such as Larry LeSueur from CBS, Wharton Becker, Jack Thompson of the Chicago Tribune, Scripps-Howard Newspapers’ Ernie Pyle, Larry O’Riley of Associated Press, Clark Lee of INS and Chicago Daily News’ William Stoneman, Edward G. Robinson, Bob Landry, Robert Capa and others appear. The correspondents made their way to Franc together with the 101 Airborne Division.
Lieb landed on Utah Beach after the fighting was over. He added some british footage, shot with an automated camera to his film, that shows the landing of the first troops in Normandy. The footage shows some moments when the war correspondents and soldiers had down time, but the job was not safe or easy. His correspondent colleagues Ernie Pyle and Bill Stringer, that you can see in the film, were killed. Jack Liebs film shows scenes from the liberation of Paris and the campaign in France and in Aachen. Lieb returned safely to the States, half a year before the fighting in Europe came to an end. The scenes from Berlin were added from newsreel clips to his film.
Jack Lieb ends his comment that one day we will learn how to avoid wars!
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.