UFA-Wochenschau 250/1961 09.05.1961


01 recovery of victims from the Watzmann North wall after 6 weeks, 3 injured climbers were recovered. Archive footage of 2 outgoing avalanches, mountain panoramas, various recordings by the rope of the dead out of the wall, group of rescuers, a small avalanche and transport of the corpses of a Snowfield, the artistic bodies are set with pine branches decorated in Toboggans (rescue sled), the group in the Valley, which are Toboggans driven to a boat dock, ride across the Königssee with the dead, the Watzmann.
(10:00:16 10:01:36) 02 US astronaut Alan B. Shepard the first American in space. The Redstone rocket at Cape Canaveral, Shepard gets out of the shuttle, div. Recordings before the start, Shepard enters the elevator to the capsule, rocket, and details of the preparations, Shepard enters the capsule "Freedom 7" a, observers of the countdown, launch and flight, photographers, landing of the capsule in the Atlantic Ocean, aerial view of the aircraft carrier "Lake Champlain", helicopter launch from the aircraft carrier, salvage the capsule and return to the aircraft carrier, the capsule and Shepard on the "Lake Champlain".
(10:01:36 10:03:23) 03-1 may in Moscow the may celebration was entirely under the impression of the space flight of Gagarin and without military. A balloon in the form of a rocket from red square rises, Khrushchev and Gagarin on the stand (2 x), colorful train run with models of rockets and balloons, children in space suits with flowers to the grandstand, marches of the masses marching Turner and panning flower people, long shots and Halbtotalen from the red square with Atom model guided with and large banner with a portrait of Lenin.
(10:03:23 10:04:04) 04. Pass many people before the arch together, driving the car at the Coliseum to see Queen in Rome and the Pope to the carriage escort of the Queen during her trip through Rome, chasing people, guard at the Vatican, Elizabeth II. gets out of her car, walks through the courtyard, is welcomed in his private library by Pope Johannes XXIII., with the Pope and Philip in the library, Shake hands with guests, close-ups of the Queen next to the Pope and Philip next to the Pope, Elizabeth goes with Catholic dignitaries by the Vatican, guard and departure.
(10:04:04 10:05:16) 05. Football Cup final in London at the stadium before the Cup final between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City: onslaught of a great military Chapel, crowds that beckon, with programs other swing balloon boy kick-off Stadium total game scenes, audience, goals for the 1:0 and 2:0 for Tottenham, the winning team with the trophy, are great players going into the cabin embraces a staircase going down by their fans.
(10:05:16 10:06:26) 06 Gauderfest im Zillertal 3 scenes of wrestling matches, Very much good audience shots between the individual competitions (Tyrolean character heads), a cock is taken out of its transport box, 2 cocks big, long shots and close-ups div. cock fighting, at the end of a cock it and 5 settings of RAM fights runs.
(10:06:26 10:07:48) 7 car racing at the start of many cars, horse box airfield several classes in the turns, slalom driving through hay bales with some slips, more curves. (only cinematic montage, mentioned neither the class nor a winner!)
(10:07:48 10:08:41) 08-mountain on motorcycling in California spectacular shots of a mountain on race, none of the participants reaching the Summit. Four riders not to create the gradient, jump or fall from their machine, which then is partially striking over again going down.
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Chruschtschow, Nikita; Elisabeth II. von England; Gagarin, Juri; Johannes XXIII.; Marina von Kent; Philip Mountbatten von Edinboroug; Shepard, Alan; Lindner, Peter


Alps; United States; Rome; London; Moskau; Cell; Horse box; Modesta


Sachindex Wochenschauen; close-ups, detail; Disasters; Expeditions; aircraft; Football; motor sports; Musical events; natural disasters; Political events; Rockets; Religious events; Shipping; Ships; sports audience, sports spectator; 99.412 Deutsche week show GmbH: State visits (outside); Deaths, funerals; Landscapes; avalanche danger; Military; festivals; aerial photographs; mountain climbing, mountaineering; mountain rescue; Military; transport


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Weekly Newsreel

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UFA-Wochenschau 250/1961

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Title brand 7, 6 m recovery of victims from the Watzmann-Ostwand camera: Hafner, Vlasdeck US astronaut Alan Shepard origin: 1st of may in Moscow metro origin: Sovkino Queen B in Rome. Pope origin: iNcom, SEDI football London Cup final origin: Pathe news Gauderfest in the camera: Hafner racing on d. airfield horse box camera: strong, basic motorcycle loading climb race, California origin: Metro final brand 3, 1 m

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100 Years of Observing May 1st as a Holiday (May 1, 1919)

Today countries all over the world observe May First as an official holiday (“Labour Day” or “International Workers Day”). It all goes back to events that occurred in the year 1886. Dozens of people were killed in Chicago while they were peacefully striking for the reduction of their 12-hour to an 8-hour work day. During the first congress of the Second International three years later it was decided to observe May 1 as a “day of struggle” to commemorate the Chicago victims from what became known as “Haymarket Riot” or “Haymarket Massacre”. Since then it has been celebrated with rallies all over the world. 

In the aftermath of the German November Revolution of 1918 the demand for an 8-hour day is finally fulfilled and May First is declared an official holiday for the very first time. The National Socialists co-opt the holiday for their own purpose as a “National Holiday of the German People”, and in the course of crushing the trade unions they strip the holiday off its labour aspect and instead present it as an allegedly Germanic tradition to welcome spring. 

Shortly before World War II comes to an end in Germany, Soviet forced labourers and allied soldiers celebrate liberation on May first. In the meantime, Stalin has invited American, British and French officers to attend the big May Day parade in Moscow. The Allied Control Council confirms it an official holiday one year later. In the Federal Republic of Germany “Labour Day” is mostly organized by the German Federation of Trade Unions and is a mix of political rallies and cultural festivities. In the German Democratic Republic, on the other hand, the holiday is turned into a government organized compulsory event, an occasion to proclaim the increase of productivity, and until the late 1970s May first always comes with a big military parade, following the example of their Soviet role model.

Today the struggle for social and political rights has become secondary. May First has taken on the character of a “Volksfest”—a fair for the people.


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