Welt im Film 247/1950 21.02.1950


01. from March 1-11 registration of all POWs and missing pan across City Hall. Poster for the missing message. Women and men, great To give off message. Working Hollerithmaschinen sort messages. Men look at posters. Heuss, big, sitting at the desk speaks to Morotai, actuality. "First of all the members of the family, but also the comrades and friends are by consequences of war on the most affected men and women between January and 11 March towards the Registrar the worry and hope go, a path on which accompanied."
(34 m) 02. streiflichter from Germany a. Berlin: baptism an airplane the name Berlin flag with the Berlin bear at airfield. Mayor Reuter baptizes, total aircraft on the name Berlin.
(6 m) b. test train of the Bundesbahn in curve slope train up. Heater. Measuring apparatus in the train for speed and fuel consumption. Panoramic view onto the tracks from a moving train. Tender. Records. View of tracks at speeds in tunnels.
(29 m) c. Berlin: meeting the magician magician sit at the table and show conjuring. Balls at cups. Card tricks, enchanting cigarettes, etc. (27 m) 03. Herold with a wig, the English elections Announces dissolution of the old Parliament. The leaders of the parties: Attlee sitting in Chair sitting, Clement Davies sitting in Chair, leader of the Liberal Party, Churchill in armchairs, large.
(26 m) 04 United States: flying fashion show flight attendants close aircraft door. Plane taking off. Mannequins show off fashions on the plane. Transformation dresses. Belt is to the scarf. Mannequin undresses nylon dress and put it in the wash water. Afternoon dress.
(28 m) 5th humor and joke a. Munich: Carnival parade Carnival parade from the Town Hall. Funny car. Carnival Prince.
(17 m) b. first ALM: Carnival on skiing skier in masks. Negro. Fakir. Ski descent of the masks.
(17 m) c. Cologne: Rosenmontagszug funny characters on the train. Swaying. Football team of yesteryear. Carnival. ("We are the natives of Trizonesien" instrumental.)
(21 m) 6th sports a. Hamburg: Soccer FC St. Pauli - Old Boys Rosario, Argentina 1:4 teams enter with banners. Goalkeeper keeps ball. Spectators, half-close. Argentine ball artist. 2 goals for Argentina. Audience clapping.
(24 m) b. REIT im Winkl: German Ski Championships of Nordic combined 18 km cross country skiing: skiers on the circuit. Günther sea Goose on the track. Heinz Hauser in cross country skiing. Heinz Hauser WINS before Günther sea goose. Special jumping: jumper on the Hill. Sepp Weiler jumps and WINS in the first round. 2. jump from Sepp Weiler with the largest width of 61 m. Sepp Weiler wins a special jumping.
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Narration (English)

Persons in the Film

Attlee, Clement ; Churchill, Winston ; Davies, Clement ; Heuss, Theodor ; Reuter, Ernst ; Hauser, Heinz ; Meergans, Günther ; Weiler, Sepp


Hamburg ; REIT im Winkl ; Munich ; Stuttgart ; Berlin ; First Alm ; Cologne ; United States ; Ledenitzen ; Canada ; England ; London ; Bonn


Sachindex Wochenschauen ; Railways ; Carnival ; Emblems ; Carnival ; Football ; Ski, skiing, ski jumping ; sports audience, sports spectator ; Technology ; War, prisoners of war ; Livestock, livestock ; Elections ; Magician, magic ; Flugzeugwesen, Flugwesen ; Fashion ; Jobs ; Traffic: pedestrians ; 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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