Welt im Bild 97/1954 05.05.1954


01 May 1 - oberkochen labor day: May Day celebrations of the Carl Zeiss works with unveiling of a bust of Professor Ernst Abbe, founder (with SCHOTT) as head of the optical works of Zeiss Jena of scientific optical technology. Werksangehörige gossip. On German President Heuss lectern. Rally the unions demand a 40 hour week with full pay. Transparent unit freedom peace. Georg Reuter, Deputy Chairman of the DGB speaks. Berlin: Demonstration on the square of the Republic before the ruins of the Reichstag. It says Federal Minister Jakob Kaiser. Military post of the Allied forces at the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin: Took Piek, Grothe well-being, Ulbricht. Red flags are worn. Wide transparent: the SED shows the way to deal with the vital issues of the German nation. Bavaria: may procession, maypole is erected. Men and women dance around the Maypole.

02. Queen Elizabeth's world tour: visit to Tobruk traces of the war at Tobruk. Destroyed buildings. Steel helmet in the desert. Elizabeth and Philip visit the hero cemetery of El Aden. Wreath-laying ceremony. Royal Air Force El Aden font. Elizabeth and Philip rise in Bowl.

03. Belgrade: reports may parade of the armed forces before Tito officer on horseback on Tito. Tito starting laterally great. Soldiers parading before Tito. Army, marine, tank, air force.

04. Harburg: Opening of Europe's most modern refinery Esso swivel about oil refinery. Settings of the tanks. Mayor Dr. Sieveking holds speech. Listeners applaud. Boy Sieveking presented flowers to ESSO-uniform.

05. Stuttgart: ADAC road guard 60 sidecar motorcycles of the ADAC will pass their determination and distributed as an aid for motorists on the roads of the Federal Republic drive ADAC road patrol motorcycles.

6 King Frederik and Queen Ingrid, the fleet of the Netherlands visit State visit, King Frederik and Queen Ingrid of Denmark in Holland in Rotterdam. Aircraft carrier will be visited. Helicopter starts.

07. Japan: Cherry blossoms in Yokohama cherry blossom. Geisha dance under the blooming trees. Men drink and get into tussle with the police, men are drunk on the Earth and sleep.

8 Berlin: International skiers race start of the walkers race "across Berlin". Spectators on the side of the road. Walkers pass through streets, partly on the ashes. At the top, the Swede Ljunggren crosses target range. Ljunggren is killed wreath.

09 London: Cup final West Bromwich Albion - Preston northend 3-2 scoring 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion. Spectators waving handkerchiefs screen. Kick-off at the midline. Shot on goal Preston 1:1 handkerchiefs waving screen. 2nd half: Player from Preston at the gate. Albion claimed offside without stopping. Shot on goal 2:1 for Preston. Albion player is fouled in the penalty area. Penalty - shot on goal 2:2 for Albion. On the grandstand Queen Mother Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. Player and goalie race against each other. Player stays on the ground. 2 minutes before the end of the game shoot the 3:2 spectators filling image Albion. Queen Mother man awarded Cup.

10 Pfaffenhofen: Sandbahnrennen start waving banner. Motorcycle speedway rider on the dirt road. Dust cloud disappear to. Josef Kamper / Vienna goes at the top. Cornering. Driver crashes. Winner Josef Kamper with wreath.

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Abbê, Ernst; Elizabeth von England; Elisabeth II. von England; Frederik von Dänemark; Grotewohl, Otto; Heuss, Theodor; Ingrid von Dänemark; Kaiser, Jakob; Laniel, Joseph; Margaret von England; Philip Mountbatten von Edinboroug; Pieck, Wilhelm; Sieveking, Kurt; Tito, Josip; Ulbricht, Walter; Kamper, Josef; Ljunggreen, John


Berlin; Food; West Berlin; East Berlin; Bavaria; Stuttgart; Harburg; Belgrade; Rotterdam; Yokohama; Oberkochen West Berlin Obstberlin Bavaria; Amsterdam; Tobruk; Japan; London; Pfaffenhofen; Oberkochen; Oberkochen; Paris


Sachindex Wochenschauen; Football; motor sports; Oil; Parades; Plants; Posters, fonts, banners; Travel; Shipping; Spoprt-Ehrungen; sports audience, sports spectator; Dance; automotive engineering, automotive; Athletics, jogging, fun run; Military events; Transport: General; festivals; Crew; Anniversaries, Jubilees, birthdays; German 99.169 weekly show GmbH:; Trade unions; Sports honors; 18 finding book world in the picture


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Welt im Bild 97/1954

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Title: Fixed of work camera: Hafner, Obeng, Chef Spotlight Queen in Tobruk origin: Pathe news Belgrade parade in front of Marshal Tito origin: Jugo film Esso refinery in Hamburg camera: Luppa ADAC road patrol camera: Kang origin Royal visit from Denmark: Polygoon cherry blossom in Yokohama origin: Asahi News Sports of Sweden winner of the Walker races camera: Obeng Cup final origin: Pathe news Sandbahnrennen i. Pfaffenhofen camera: Hafner final

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100 Years of Observing May 1st as a Holiday (May 1, 1919)

Today countries all over the world observe May First as an official holiday (“Labour Day” or “International Workers Day”). It all goes back to events that occurred in the year 1886. Dozens of people were killed in Chicago while they were peacefully striking for the reduction of their 12-hour to an 8-hour work day. During the first congress of the Second International three years later it was decided to observe May 1 as a “day of struggle” to commemorate the Chicago victims from what became known as “Haymarket Riot” or “Haymarket Massacre”. Since then it has been celebrated with rallies all over the world. 

In the aftermath of the German November Revolution of 1918 the demand for an 8-hour day is finally fulfilled and May First is declared an official holiday for the very first time. The National Socialists co-opt the holiday for their own purpose as a “National Holiday of the German People”, and in the course of crushing the trade unions they strip the holiday off its labour aspect and instead present it as an allegedly Germanic tradition to welcome spring. 

Shortly before World War II comes to an end in Germany, Soviet forced labourers and allied soldiers celebrate liberation on May first. In the meantime, Stalin has invited American, British and French officers to attend the big May Day parade in Moscow. The Allied Control Council confirms it an official holiday one year later. In the Federal Republic of Germany “Labour Day” is mostly organized by the German Federation of Trade Unions and is a mix of political rallies and cultural festivities. In the German Democratic Republic, on the other hand, the holiday is turned into a government organized compulsory event, an occasion to proclaim the increase of productivity, and until the late 1970s May first always comes with a big military parade, following the example of their Soviet role model.

Today the struggle for social and political rights has become secondary. May First has taken on the character of a “Volksfest”—a fair for the people.


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