Welt im Film 48/1946 17.04.1946


1 Hoover in Berlin plane runs out on the airfield in Berlin (half total). Herbert Hoover gets out (total) and is used by the generals Mac Narney and clay and Ambassador Murphy welcomed. Hoover and Mac Narney (half total). Hoover climb (half total) a car. The car starts (total).
(27 m) 02. agriculture in the construction factory with chimneys (total). Machines for the production of fertilizers (half total). Workers on the machines (half total). A farmer sows (half total). Scythe factory Oberaudorf, machine shop and machines (half total). Workers in the manufacture of Scythes (half total). Scythes (large). Machine Hall of Bäumenheimer Dreschmaschine factory (half total). Plough factory in Landsberg (Lech). Working at machines in the production of ploughing (half total). Plow side by side (total). A farmer plowing a field with two horses (half total). Bauer on the field with plough and Harrow (half total).
(76 m) 3rd Manila - General Homma to death courtroom convicted (total). Mrs Homma in the witness stand (half total). Homma, with the hands in front of the face side (half-total). Homma, alone (half-total). Actuality of the judge. Homma is (totally) dissipated.
(29 m) 04. sports (62 m) a. AAU in Scotland cyclo-cross in Scotland (total). Mass start (total). A spectator with binoculars (large). Run over obstacles, gates and trenches (total). The winner: Pujazon, France.
(18 m) b. table tennis in England table tennis championships in Wembley, England. Vana, Czechoslovakia against Bailey, England. Winner: Vana Cup (half total).
(14 m) c. sailing sailing boats (total) at the betting sailing off the coast of Tasmania. Betting sailing on the Riviera. Boats in the breeze (total and half total).
(29 m) 05th Germany - 10 million people (large) look for sign "Zentralsuchkartei". Red Cross nurses working on files (totally). Search (half total). A postman brings the mail (half total). Letters and cards (screen-filling). Announcement of the speaker on the radio (half total). Discovery request (large). Sisters at the typewriter To write (half total). Poster "and your Bolo" (large).
(30 m) 06 pictures from all over the world (90 m) a. car lift huge parking lot (aerial view). A British inventor shows a new Park in the model (total). The cars roll into an elevator, then driving it upwards into the boxes. Cars in a garage (half total).
(21 m) b. large telescope telescope in California (half total). The Observatory (total). Individual settings of the Observatory (half total and large).
(20 m) c. House cast mammoth machinery in Texas (total), which pours houses. Workers (total) pour the concrete into the mold. The form is non-refundable, the walls are (total). Finished House (total). Interior design with inhabitants (total).
(30 m) d. roller skating show Madison Square Garden: skaters show performance, Ballet and pair (total).
(19 m)


Narration (English)

Persons in the Film

Bergmann, Richard ; Clay, Lucius D. ; Homma ; Hoover, Herbert ; Murphy, Kathy ; Pujazon ; Vana


Wembley ; Scotland ; Tasmania ; Cannes ; California ; Trostberg ; Oberaudorf ; Trees home ; Landsberg ; Gotha ; Berlin ; Manila ; England ; British zone ; Germany ; Texas


Sachindex Wochenschauen ; Industry ; Justice ; News, communications ; Sailing ; Spoprt-Ehrungen ; 99.412 Deutsche week show GmbH: State visits (outside) ; Technology ; table tennis ; automotive engineering, automotive ; war crimes, war crimes ; Athletics, jogging, fun run ; Welfare, aid agencies, care ; Agriculture ; Flugzeugwesen, Flugwesen ; Jobs ; aerial photographs ; Construction ; German 99.169 weekly show GmbH: ; Astronomy ; Industrial ; Agriculture ; Sports honors ; Technology ; aftermath of war


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75th Anniversary of the German Red Cross Tracing Service (October 18, 1945)

Millions of Germans are missing after the end of World War II. Flight and expulsion, bombings and evacuations have separated them from their families.

Two Wehrmacht officers initiate the „Red Cross, Refugee Relief Organisation, Investigation Service, Central Tracing File“ in Flensburg. It’s the last barely functioning Nazi enclave, where many people flee to from their bombed out cities and the encroaching Red Army.

The bureau tries to help uprooted people find their relatives with the help of the compiled name lists and index cards. Their work becomes standard for the broader tracing service that the German Red Cross set up in 1945 in their two headquarters in Hamburg and Munich.

Volunteers record the information regarding the persons sought and those searching. The information is then circulated on posters, ads and missing person announcements on the radio. By 1950 two thirds of 14 million received requests had been answered. The Children’s Tracing Service success is immense, almost all of the 300,000 registered cases are resolved.

One year after the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany President Theodor Heuss calls for the registration of prisoners of war and missing people. About 1,7 millions soldiers, civilians and children are still reported as missing.

To find out their whereabouts several million returnees are questioned, and beginning in 1957 a missing persons’ photo collection also helps in gathering information. That year the German Red Cross and the Soviet Red Cross agree to help each other with search requests. The end of the Cold War finally made it possible to evaluate Russian and other Eastern European archival inventory.  But more then one million fates remain unsolved until today. The search for missing people from World War II will end in 2023 as the number of requests has been dwindling.

Beginning in the 1970s foreign refugees who seek asylum in Germany have been able to get assistance from the tracing service to look for their relatives. This international work will continue. The German Red Cross also helps German ethnic repatriates with reunions and immigration procedures. People who have been the victim of forced adoption in the German Democratic Republic can also turn to the German Red Cross to find their birth parents.

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