Welt im Film 232/1949 08.11.1949


01 President Heuss in Berlin waving Berlin flag. People waving from the roadside. Heuss drives through the streets and out of car. In addition to Suhr, Heuss goes up stairs. Heuss between Reuter and Suhr. People filling image prior to the Schöneberg Town Hall. Heuss speaks, o-ton: "Berlin's fate depends on Germany, but the fate of Germany depends on Berlin. Berlin is not a local, Berlin is a German, Berlin is a European question. And the Berlin question will be decided, it decides whether Germany in Europe will be an own force between other continents." Listeners, screen-filling and half close. The winter semester of Freie Universität Berlin opened Heuss in the Titania Palace. Professor Dr. speeches Lane, the Rector of the University, speaks. Heuss speaks, half-close. Heuss is doctor honoris causa of the University. Congratulations from Redslob and Reuter.
(64 m) 2 updates in the near future a. Munich: evening lecture Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner enters stage and bowing, half-close. Audience clapping. Viewers get up and clap in front of stage. Photographers on the stage. Elisabeth Bergner throws Handküsse in the audience.
(20 m) Munich: debris clearing people in rubble clearance. Women and American soldiers shovelling rubble. Mayor Wang for debris clearance. Bride and groom shoveling debris. Police President of Pitzer. Rama DAMA signs on cars and trucks. Color US soldiers.
(27 m) c. sea lion swims through channel sea lion goes into the water and swims on leash behind boat across the channel.
(14 m) 03 included Hong Kong map of China. Aerial view of Hong Kong. Street life in Hong Kong. Newspaper woman. Reinforcement of the British border. Refugee boat. Refugees entering Hong Kong by ship. Troops go by vessels. Tank. Reconnaissance aircraft.
(53 m) 04. Kids search: 40,000 children found their parents radio announcer speaks, o-ton: "listen to the children search service of the German Red Cross. "We read out names of children looking for their loved ones: Elisabeth Katzke, born approx. 1941 Eugen Schmidt, born about the 03.10.1941 or 1942 Schwetz, Kreis Bromberg, siblings Schramm, Gertrud, born in 1940, and Kurt, born 1937" in the photo, and after a successful search with sisters. People consider children hidden pictures. Pan across search index. Discovery sheets for selected children. Red Cross Sisters go with children. Two children get in a car and go with sister to the determined parents. Reunion of parents and children.
(47 m) 5th New York: foundation stone laid for the building of the UN swing through New York. Truman speaking, total. Truman laid Foundation, welcomes Wishinskij, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the USSR and Thomas Dewey.
(34 m) 6th sports a. Copenhagen: football Denmark - Sweden 3:2 arrival of King Frederik and Queen on the grandstand. Teams have to enter. Game. Goalkeeper blocks. Sweden shoots 1:0 corner. Compensation for Denmark. Denmark shoots penalty.
(22 m) b. Montreuil: Motorcross motorcycle riders on the track in the stone quarries near Paris. Driver crashes. Ride uphill and downhill. Only three riders come into the target. Official lowers flag. English winner kissed.
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Narration (English)

Persons in the Film

Bergner, Elisabeth ; Frederik von Dänemark ; Heuss, Theodor ; Pitzer ; Redslob, Edwin ; Reuter, Ernst ; Suhr, Otto ; Truman, Harry ; Wimmer, Thomas


Montreuil ; Copenhagen ; Munich ; New York ; Berlin ; Hong Kong ; England ; Cologne ; Stuttgart


Sachindex Wochenschauen ; China ; Higher education ; cameramen, cameramen ; Children ; Flags ; Refugees ; Football ; motor sports ; Radio, television ; Shipping ; Spoprt-Ehrungen ; sports audience, sports spectator ; 99.412 Deutsche week show GmbH: State visits (outside) ; Cities ; Animals (except dogs) ; Debris ; UN ; Buildings ; automotive engineering, automotive ; Cultural events ; Kissing, kissing scenes ; maps ; People ; Welfare, aid agencies, care ; Listener ; Flugzeugwesen, Flugwesen ; aerial photographs ; Construction ; Cinema commercials ; Japan ; Sports honors ; aftermath of war


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Welt im Film 232/1949

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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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