UFA-Wochenschau 137/1959 10.03.1959


01 Warsaw: death sentence for Erich Koch war crimes charges. Erich Koch, slumped, with cloth before the face in the dock.
(17 m) 02. Berlin: return Willy Brandt of Willy Brandt's world tour comes down stairs and is welcomed by his sons and his wife. Welcome from the Empfangskommitee. Willy Brandt interview: "I believe that the two goals that were set this trip, are in this respect reached as it is managed, to spread awareness about Berlin and gain additional moral support for our city."
(22 m) 03 East Berlin: visit breakdown from NDW 476/3 - Khrushchev here shorter: Khrushchev is in airplane door and greets with hat. Ulbricht and Grotewohl welcomed with hugs. Khrushchev bends to children with flowers. Major event on the Stalin Allee. Jubilation. Khrushchev actuality (translator): "in Berlin an order must be created, which matches the terms of peace, the peace efforts, the Berlin and Berliners. We are very grateful in recognition of the Government of the German Democratic Republic, which has understood correctly, our proposals and has supported these proposals, painless negotiations to lead to the signing of the peace treaty with Germany. And to explain to West Berlin to the free city. This is an understanding that one must make compromises."
(35 m) 04. West Berlin: Ollenhauer breakdown from NDW 476/4 - meet with Khrushchev here somewhat shorter: car Ollenhauer reverses prior to the Soviet Embassy in Unter den Linden. Talks. Topics: peace treaty, peace in Europe. Onlookers outside the Embassy. Khrushchev approved Ollenhauer. Departure from Mercedes.
(21 m) 05. Tito in Ethiopia tents. Tito on the hunt on the Blue Nile. Dedi Tito visited the construction site of a large power plant near the city of Addis Abeba. Addis Ababa city image. Tito at Haile Selassie. Feast. Tito, big speech. (Advertisement for his idea of a third force.). Toast.
(31 m) 06. Melbourne: evangelist Billy Graham rally. Billy Graham preaches actuality.
(13 m) 07 Japanese sketches Tokyo cityscape with a lot of traffic. Arcade/game room. Temple. Just dressed go teacher with school children, on road. Crown Prince Akihito, great arrival of his bride from a bourgeois family.
(34 m) 08 Munich: German Japanese film week Japanese actresses in kimono off plane. Bavarian brass band plays to the reception, organized by the Japanese Ambassador and by the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs.
(19 m) 09 Cologne: horse racing at the start of the season the lead ring, start and race horses. On the home stretch of the Agrippina race under Jockey Gassmann, dissolves Makar from the field and WINS. Viewers with binoculars and audience on the site (28 m) 10 ice hockey world championship in Czechoslovakia: Sweden - Germany of 6:1 very hard game. Are 3 Germans in the runs of the fight on stretchers carried out. Mutual pushing. Assaults, Brawl, discussions, and shots on goal.
(35 m) 11 Bad Kreuznach: car racing series car start of different models including VW, Messerschmidt, Mercedes. Race on the circuit. Spin. Official wild waving the banner. Loyd submarine bomber, cabin Scooter, DKW.
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Akihito; Brandt, Willy; Braun, Heinz; Chruschtschow, Nikita; Grotewohl, Otto; Tito, Jovanka; Koch, Erich; Selassie, Haile; Zorin, Valerian Alexandrowitsch; Tito, Josip; Ulbricht, Walter; Gassmann, Werner; Sailer, Toni


Munich; Tokyo; Berlin; Warsaw; Japan; DDR; Ethiopia; CSR; Bad Kreuznach; Cologne; East Berlin


Sachindex Wochenschauen; close-ups, detail; filmmaking; motor sports; Political events; Horse riding, horse racing (without harness); 99.412 Deutsche week show GmbH: State visits (outside); Cities; Events; Hockey; transport


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UFA-Wochenschau 137/1959

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Title brand death sentence for Erich Koch origin: Polkronika return Willy Brandt Berlin camera: Pahl, Seib Chruschtschow in East Berlin camera: Pahl, Seib Chruschtschow in West Berlin origin: DEFA Ollenhauer visited Khrushchev camera: Pahl, Seib Tito in Ethiopia origin: Novosti Evangl. Billy Graham in Australia origin: Cine sound Tokyo cityscape origin: Pathé journal Dtsch.-japan. Film week in Munich camera: Rau Gallopers Cologne, opening d. season camera: Basic, Luppa ice hockey-Weltmsch. Swed. / Dtld. 6:1 origin: State private wagon racing horse box/Kreuzn.
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Nikita Khrushchev’s 125th Birthday (* April 17, 1894)

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-1964) and Premier of the USSR (1958-1964) is remembered mostly for his impulsive performances. His outburst of rage in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1960—when he supposedly bangs his shoe on the desk—is legendary. But Nikita Khrushchev is more than just the uncouth and bovine country bumpkin as which he is so often portrayed. Underestimated by many the metal fitter has a successful and seemingly silent rise up the party ranks. He is one of the few functionaries who survive all of Stalin’s purging campaigns. Three year’s after Stalin’s death Khrushchev instigates the de-Stalinization with his “secret speech” and introduces a period of domestic political détente—the so-called “Khrushchev thaw”. He releases a large number of inmates from the gulags and initiates an unprecedented number of economic, social, educational and cultural reforms.      

For his foreign policy he applies the principle „peaceful co-existence“ in dealing with the west. Eager to win the competition between the systems in the scientific, technological and most of all economic realm, his mantra is „catch-up and overtake“. In order to break the ice with the enemy he and Richard Nixon meet up in July of 1959 and engage in the so-called „kitchen-debate“ about the advantages and disadvantages of communism and capitalism. A few months later he accepts an invitation by Eisenhower and is the first Soviet Premier to visit the USA.

At the same time Khrushchev wants to demonstrate the USSR’s claim of leadership of the “socialist world” and shift the world’s balance of power in its favour. In regards to the “German question” it’s his ultimatum in 1958 that provokes the Second Berlin Crisis. Three years later he agrees to the building of the Berlin Wall.  In the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis the Soviet Union and the USA are on the brink of a nuclear war. Khrushchev is ousted in 1964 and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev, as some of his ambitious policies don’t yield the expected success—such as consumer goods production, the reorganization of agriculture or the development of unchartered territory in middle Asia—and many comrades fear that the radical restructuring of the party might result in their loss of power. Khrushchev spends the remainder of his life on his dacha near Moscow until his death in 1971.

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