Welt im Film 230/1949 24.10.1949


01. it's on fire! Fire protection in the in - home and abroad a. Munich: fire prevention week fire wagon horses dating back to 1899. Fireman on whistle howling alarm. Old fashioned pump. Water comes from leaky hose. Deletion of wooden houses. Modern fire extinguishing pump. Fire truck driving leaders. Foam extinguishers clears oil fire. Delete from burning aircraft.
(37 m) b. Feuerlöschübung modern fire fighting suits are presented. Men go through fire with suits.
(13 m) 02. streiflichter from Germany a. autumn flock of sheep in the Lüneburg Heath. Children come home from school and looking at evidence. Children can fly kites. Potato harvest.
(30 m) b. Neustadt: largest Bell in the world Bell in the Foundry of the Bochumer Association. Saying is hammered in Bell. Bell is pulled up to the Bell Tower of the Abbey Church, cameraman filming from the roof of the Church.
(38 m) c. Hamburg: Elbe Steamboat as a grocery people go on the ship. Stockings are sold on ship. Garter belt holder. Drinks at bar. Shooting range. Errant steamer.
(19 m) 03. England: the worship of animals God service in memory of Francis of Assisi. Horse rides to the Church. Wife takes dog. Child wearing cat, boy leading a goat. Child results in sheep. Child brush rabbit. Boy carries Aquarium. Priests wearing dog. Procession to the Church. Lot with animals in front of the Church and in the Church.
(44 m) 04-updates soon a. East State - nomination of Wilhelm Pieck transparent it live in the German Democratic Republic. Dove of peace. Nomination of the President in the former Aviation Ministry. Under the present General Shukow, large, and Chairman of the Control Commission for Germany Semyonov, big. Pieck, large, Grothe well, great. Pieck is congratulated after appointment. People clap. East Army presents the rifle. Driving through the city in an open car At night. Torchlight procession.
(34 m) Munich: Foundation of the German Trade Union Federation meeting in the Congress Hall of the Deutsches Museum. Several speakers. Dr. Hans Böckler at the lectern, as Chairman, great. Carlo Schmid under the audience, big, and Karl Arnold, great.
(22 m) 05. Berlin: boxes Conny Rux hits Dieter Hucks k. o. fighting at the Olympic Stadium. The Boxer in the light heavyweight Rux and Hucks in strike change, great. Spectators, half-close. Woman with a paper helmet. Hucks is injured in the second round the eye. Hucks must to the ground and turns back to the fight. In the eighth round, Hucks goes back to the ground. The referee counts. Off. Hucks leaves the ring with totally zerschlagenem face. Rux is pleased and leaves the ring.
(61 m)


Persons in the Film

Böckler, Hans; Grotewohl, Otto; Pieck, Wilhelm; Semjonow; Schmid, Carlo; Schukow, Grigori; Hucks, Dietrich; Rux, Conny


Berlin; East Berlin; Lüneburg Heath; Munich; United States; Neustadt; Hamburg; England


Sachindex Wochenschauen; Boxes; DDR; Bells; Trade, finance; Autumn; cameramen, cameramen; Children; Emblems; Harvest; fire protection; Fire Brigade; Women, mothers; Posters, fonts, banners; Political events; Religious events; Shipping; sports audience, sports spectator; sports facilities; Animals (except dogs); Military; Livestock, livestock; Trade unions; Japan; Fire brigade; Military; aftermath of war


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Founding of the GDR (October 7, 1949)

On October 7, 1949 the Provisional Volkskammer meets in the Ballroom of the former Reich’s Aeronautics Ministry and votes on the „constitution of the German Democratic Republic“, thus implementing the founding of the GDR. It is the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) leadership’s reaction to the failed Germany talks between the Soviet Union and the Western powers, plus the West German Basic Law had been enforced on May 23, which essentially founds the Federal Republic of Germany.

Only one day after Konrad Adenauer is elected to the office of Chancellor of West Germany (September 15) a SED delegation travels to Moscow to consult about concrete steps towards the founding of their own state on the territory of the Soviet Occupation Zone. Elections to a “German People’s Congress” took place in mid May—the results were “corrected” during a recount: the party finally had a basis of legitimacy. A constitution in the Weimar tradition had been prepared in advance. It commits to liberal fundamental rights and the option of a united Germany, it defines the state—which is quite different from the Federal Republic—and declares it socialist and anti-fascist. Four days after the founding of the state Wilhelm Pieck is elected the President of the GDR, and Otto Grotewohl is elected premier.   

From now on the “day of the republic” is annually commemorated in Berlin as the national holiday of the German Democratic Republic, complete with military parades and mass rallies. Mikhail Gorbachev attends the 40th and final birthday of the republic. In light of the GDR’s comrades’ resistance to reform he declares: “I believe that danger only lies in wait for those who do not react to life.”

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