UFA-Dabei 931/1974 28.05.1974


01 Bonn: 25 years Federal Republic of Germany Bonn marketplace. Many people. Music band. Bundestag from the inside. Gustav Heinemann speaks, o-ton: "there are good and bad constitutions, decisive, extent to which a Constitution has prevailed in the consciousness of the citizens: the basic law is still not paper text." It has entered its value determinations, in its governance, in our way of thinking. It is the first German Constitution, which has found the approval of the far majority of our people." Helga Wex, Rainer Barzel, Hans Apel, Georg Leber, Egon Bahr, Jahn, Willy Brandt on the side. "Members of the Parliamentary Council", under other Carlo Schmid. Old archival footage. Band playing on the market square of Bonn. Air balloon decoration. Gustav Heinemann and wife Hilda Heinemann among people in the crowd. Chapel of the Bundeswehr. Helmut Schmidt on the stairs of the Bonn City Hall. Pulls the empty bags from the mantle. Bonner marketplace in evening lighting.

02. Braunschweig: DFVLR Braunschweig (German research - und Versuchsanstalt für Luft - und Raumfahrt) two pilots of the fighter. Go pilots. Start the machine. Test pilot Mr. Meyer at the wheel of the machine. Cockpit. Mr Meyer, o-ton: "of today flying aircraft elevator is operated by the control column by pulling - as I'm about to show it. The system examined by us, it is through such a movement that is just out of hand, - the aileron is operated by turning the Handwheel, and in the new system by such a move. The rudder can with be actuated in this unit by turning, so far this had to be done by moving the feet. We say, you can fly the aircraft by laying on of hands." Demonstration of controlling. Modern electronics in the cockpit. A mobile Flight Simulator. Technical facilities. Large wind tunnel. Plastic polyester resin impregnated glass fibers in tape form. ZL shots of a glider in the flutter exercises.

03. Shuttleworth: Old British aircraft breakdown from El Mundo 607 / 3 - same section. Various old Museum aircraft large, close, and in the air. Two-seat fighters with Rolls Royce engine.

04. Paris / Brussels: The Stiltwalkers breakdown from El Mundo 608 / 4 - same section. Two men on stilts in the vicinity of the Arc de Triomphe. Police stop traffic. Stiltwalkers take a rest break. Walking on stilts. Supply car follows the two men. Stiltwalkers competition.

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Apel, Hans; Bahr, Egon; Barzel, Rainer Candidus; Brandt, Willy; Heinemann, Gustav; Heinemann, Hilda; Jahn, Gerhard; Leber, Georg; Meyer, Hannes; Schmid, Carlo; Schmidt, Helmut; Wex, Helga


Paris; Bonn; Braunschweig; England; FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY


Sachindex Wochenschauen; Bundeswehr; Electricity; Domestic events; Rockets; Aerospace; Townscapes: Germany; Technology; Flugzeugwesen, Flugwesen; Entertainment, festivals; Anniversaries, Jubilees, birthdays; Technology; transport


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UFA-Dabei 931/1974

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25 years Federal Republic of Germany camera: Luppa, Rühe DFVLR Brunswick camera: Brandes, Seib old British aircraft (Shuttleworth) origin: COI of Stelzengänger origin: Belgavox at the beginning and end of total length

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70 Years of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (May 24, 1949)

On May 24, 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany’s Basic Law goes into effect. It had been approved by the Parliamentary Council and sanctioned by the Allies two weeks earlier. Over the course of nine months representatives of the newly reinstated parties had worked out a legal and political order for a democratic state in the “Western zone”. They deliberately avoided the term “constitution” as the preamble emphasizes the provisional character of the work, which was to be an interim arrangement until Germany would be reunited.

The fundamental rights in the first 19 articles receive special attention. They reflect the values of the Federal Republic of Germany. With the ghost of National Socialism still looming in the background these rights are meant to protect the citizens from the state with so-called “defence rights”, and to protect the individual’s sphere of freedom from infringement by public authorities. This includes human rights, such as dignity of man and freedom of expression. The following articles lay down the central principles that reflect the essence and organization of the state.

The basic law takes precedence above all other laws and can only be amended by a two-thirds majority in the Bundestag as well as in the Bundesrat. Ever since its passage there have been around 60 modifications. The most important ones came with the re-introduction of military conscription and the creation of the Federal Armed Forces in 1956, as well as the ratification of the emergency law in 1968, which was accompanied by massive protests from the extra-parliamentary opposition.

In the course of the German reunification a debate ensues about a pan-German constitution. In the end the existing basic law undergoes only minor changes and is basically just broadened to include the territory of the former German Democratic Republic.

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