Welt im Film 167/1948 06.08.1948


01. who becomes President? Candidate of the Democratic Party - Truman Congress of Democrats in Philadelphia. Several speakers. Truman goes to the lectern, half-close. The candidate for Vice President, Senator Barklay, in addition to Truman, half-close. People wave.
(22 m) 02 updates soon a. Ludwigshafen, Germany: memorial service for the victims of the explosion disaster at BASF mourners, among them the French Governor-General General King. Flowers and wreath loop. Weeping relatives. Catholic and Lutheran pastor at the blessing of the dead.
(25 m) b. Nürnberg: Krupp process courtroom. As a main defendant Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, half-close. Krupp is at sentencing (12 years in prison and confiscation of assets).
(16 m) c. return of German children from Poland Red Cross train from Poland arriving on platform. Children see off train. Waving on the platform. Reunion with loved ones. Children are investigated and go with Red Cross nurses. (22 m) 03. London: the Olympic Games flags. Crowds go to Wembley Stadium. Stadium with total audience. Invasion of the Nations. As 1 country Greece. King George, standing, greets each nation. Queen Elizabeth is sitting, half-close. Catchment of the Czechs, Indians, Americans and as the last nation, the Englishman. King George opened the games, o-ton: "I proclame opened the Olympic Games in London, the 14th Olympics of the modern area." The Olympic flag goes up on the mast. Pigeon launch. The last Torchbearer runs into the stadium. Inflammation of the fire in Olympia. Runners lit torch. Runners lit the Olympic flame in the stadium. Donald Finleigh speaks the Olympic Oath. Waving Olympic flag. Aerial view of the stadium. The first competitions. High jump men: it wins winter, Australia with 1.98 m discus women: different throwers. Winner Micheline Ostermeier, France, 41, 92 m 10,000 m run: start and run. Viewers cheer for Zatopek, original sound. Zátopek WINS in the new Olympic record time of 29 minutes 59.6 seconds. Congratulations to the victory.
(118 m) 04. Berlin: the crisis continues at aircraft over Berlin. Landing. Crashed plane in street. Removal of aircraft wreckage. Child lay down flowers. Newspaper clipping from the Tägliche Rundschau "It is high time to put an end with the flights." Sacks are unloaded with flour. Bakers bake bread. Bakers shop with pastries. The Brandenburg Gate. Queues in front of currency exchange offices in East Berlin. Traffic COP. Newspaper clipping Telegraph "Police President Margrave amtsenthoben". Dr. Friedensburg justified the measure, quote: "I have the special task to oversee the police of Berlin as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Berlin. In this capacity I thought it my duty, to relieve the previous Superintendent Paul Margrave, because he has deliberately continued against the Constitution and acted against the law three days ago from his Office. He supported in particular the activities of the Communists, the underground activities of the Communists, and impedes the activity of the legal democratic parties. Such a Chief of police is unbearable in normal times, in a crisis, as she's currently going through Berlin, it is completely impossible that we tolerate such a man at the top of the main branch of our Berlin City Council." City map of Berlin. Map of Germany with zones. Moving Russian goods trains, which are not handled. First American jet fighter at the Fürstenfeldbruck airfield. Newspaper clipping "Western activity". Secretary of State Marshall speaks, great.
(146 m)


Persons in the Film

Barklay ; Elizabeth von England ; Finleigh, Donald ; Friendensburg ; Georg VI. von England ; König, General ; Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Alfried ; Marshall, George ; Truman, Harry ; Ostermeier, Micheline ; Winter, Fritz ; Zatopek, Emil


London ; Berlin ; Hanover ; Rhodes ; East Berlin ; Nuremberg ; Ludwigshafen, Germany ; Philadelphia


Sachindex Wochenschauen ; Narcotics, drugs ; Banking, banking ; Railways ; Trade, finance ; Children ; News, communications ; Olympics ; Political events ; Police ; sports audience, sports spectator ; sports facilities ; Cities ; Animals (except dogs) ; Deaths, funerals ; maps ; Medicine ; Elections ; Flugzeugwesen, Flugwesen ; Jobs ; Costumer ; finance ; Berlin blockade ; aftermath of war


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BASF Explosion Disaster (July 28, 1948)

The worst chemical accident in post-war Germany occurs on July 28, 1948. A tank car filled with dimethyl ether explodes on the premises of BASG in Ludwigshafen that afternoon. The highly flammable liquid gas had been sitting in the hot sun since the early morning. First it leads to the bursting of a welding seam that was inadequate due to an incorrectly calculated capacity, then it inflames and eventually causes a devastating explosion. When the surrounding buildings collapse they bury hundreds of workers. Two hundred bodies are recovered later. The detonation causes the leak of other chemicals, which cause a plume of smoke as high as 150 m. Many of the almost 4,000 injured suffer severe damages from the toxic gas, with many losing their eyesight. The blast wave is so strong that it destroys a third of the industrial plant and damages thousands of buildings in Ludwigshafen and in Mannheim on the other side of the Rhine river. About 1,000 fire fighters as well as French and American soldiers are part of the rescue operation that lasts for days. Bureaucratic obstacles at the Rhine sector border hinder them at first, until the many volunteers simply storm the guarded makeshift bridge. The memorial services for the victims of the catastrophe is attended by more than 10,000 people, including high ranking Allies such as the French commander General Koenig. 

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