Welt im Film 78/1946 22.11.1946


1 Berlin: Before the winter bags are loaded on trucks. Loaded meat from refrigerator. Cabbages on trucks. People get coal at the dealer with cart. Bags are loaded from wagons. Men drive boxes on carts. Care packages are part of a freight train. Care packages are loaded on trucks. Women sit on assembly line and packaged sweets for children. Men in the construction of Nissen huts. Nissen, total.
(54 m) 02. New York: the meeting of the United Nations delegates drive through the city to the Town Hall. In the first car Secretary General Trygve Lie and the President of the Assembly of Paul Henry Spaak sit, totally. Waving in the second car, total, the Russian main delegate Molotov and Wischinsky. The motorcade, total. Delegates on the balcony of the Town Hall, including Molotov, totally. Assembly Hall on the site of the World Expo. Various delegates upon arrival. US Secretary of State Byrnes climbs out of his car and goes to the building, totally. Eleanor Roosevelt on arrival. Molotov and Wischinsky. President Truman and wife upon arrival. The meeting room, inside. The delegates rise, total. Truman at the opening speech, half-close. Delegates applaud total.
(51 m) 03. streiflichter from Germany (107 m) a. Bavaria: potato action crew vehicles. Bauer leads a cow from a wagon. Potatoes are dug from farm wagons on truck. Cow stands next to U.S. trucks. Major General Magruder, Chief of transportation. The trucks drive the potatoes after Munich.
(25 m) b. Berlin: rubber sole making men rolling rubber wheels. Rubber wheels and rubber soles are processed in a factory in Berlin Gatow. Machine disassembled aircraft tyres. Workers and workers when cutting out soles of gun strips. Cut rubber heel.
(26 m) c. Lauterbach: fashion show mannequin with make-up. Mannequin puts on hat and binds veil in front of the face. Mannequins walk down the stairs. Presentation: Costume, old-fashioned hat and bag. Band playing. Coat, afternoon dress with applications stitched-on. Dress with sleeveless denim jacket. Clapping audience.
(29 m) d. Augsburg: training of police dogs, police officers with dogs on a leash in a series. Shepherd, great. Dog jumps over the barrier wall. Dog at work on the man, totally. Dog bites in the sleeve of the man. Dog hangs on floor, carry two police officers between them. Viewers behind barrier with Terriers. Dog climbs ladder. Terrier, great. Again, the dog go down head.
(27 m) 04. search engine for children and parents woman goes into space with font: "Red Cross search service". Sisters at the desk next to file. Sisters search in list boxes. Children in the home. Doctor examines boys. Boy on the scale. Children will receive cups with milk. Children at play at tables. Baby in the playpen. Children eat at the table with family, which have recorded. Boy on the farm helps when cutting. (54 m) 5th original from all over the world (80 m) a. trotting home machine in Florida start with a main machine and races.
(11 m) b. Gallopers in Canada with official helicopter the official sitting in a helicopter, which floats above the track.
(6 m) c. Australia: 3 year old boy swims and jumps from Springboard little boy jumps backward from the springboard. He makes head jump higher springboard. He swims.
(9 m) d. Texas Rodeo cowboys on wild jumping horses. Cowboy falling down. Cowboys on Bulls. The bull throws himself on the ground and throws off the tab. Clown on Bull.
(23 m) e. Mexico fishing with bait attached to the parachute angler bait attached to parachute onto the water, can. Angel in the hand of the anglers, large, will be turned back. Pike will be on leash.
(16 m) f. pig-Wettschwimmen pigs in the swimming competition. Pork with wreath.
(15 m)


Narration (English)

Persons in the Film

Byrnes, James ; Lie, Trygve ; Magruder ; Molotow, Andrej Wjadscheslaw ; Roosevelt, Franklin Delano ; Spaak, Paul Henry ; Truman, Harry ; Wyschinsky


Florida ; Canada ; Australia ; Berlin ; Munich ; Mexico ; British zone ; Lauterbach ; Augsburg ; Texas ; New York ; Bavaria


Sachindex Wochenschauen ; Misery ; Trade, finance ; Dogs ; Industry ; Children ; fishing ; Police ; Horse riding, horse racing (without harness) ; Rodeo ; beauty care ; sports audience, sports spectator ; Search ; Animals (except dogs) ; harness racing ; diving ; UN ; Economy ; Welfare, aid agencies, care ; Home ; Listener ; Fashion ; construction ; Entertainment, festivals ; Crew ; Dogs ; Industrial ; 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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