UFA-Dabei 968/1975 11.02.1975

Origin / Type of content

Narration

Persons in the Film

Genscher, Hans-Dietrich; Tse Tung, Mao; Scheel, Mildred; Scheel, Walter; Schmidt, Helmut; Waldheim, Kurt; Wechmar von, Rüdiger; Moser-Pröll, Annemarie; Nelson, Cindy

Places

Nuremberg; Bonn; Munich; China; Austria; Saalbach; Saalbach/Austria

Topics

Sachindex Wochenschauen; Hands; Carnival; Flags; Carnival; Press, press conferences; Races; Reviews; Ski, skiing, ski jumping; Toys, toys; 99.412 Deutsche week show GmbH: State visits (outside); State visits (inside); Mascot; Exhibitions; transport

Type

Newsreel (G)

Genre

Weekly Newsreel

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Title:

UFA-Dabei 968/1975

UFA-Wochenschau (Other title)

Country of Origin:
Federal Republic of Germany

Year of Production and/or Release

Date of Release:
11.02.1975
Year of Production:
1975

Credits

Origin:
Fasching in Munich camera: Rau visit by UN Secretary Waldheim in Bonn camera: Luppa F.J.. Strauß in China and origin: China Press Conference after the trip camera: Rau Spielwarenmesse / Nuremberg camera: rough downhill race origin: Austria at the beginning and end of total length

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Mao Zedong’s 125th Birthday (* December 26, 1893)

In the history of the 20th century Mao Zedong is remembered in a number of controversial ways—as China’s great innovator and visionary revolutionary, ruthless mass murderer and power hungry dictator, figure head of the student movement and icon of pop culture.  

The son of farmers was born on December 26, 1893. He would be politicized by the 1911 republican revolution, the May Fourth Student Movement against the Versailles Peace treaty and the writings of Marx and Lenin. In 1921 he participates in the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, three years later he moves up to the central executive committee. When a civil war breaks out after clashes with the Kuomintang, Mao organizes the struggle against the nationalist party of his opponent Chiang Kai-shek and pushes ahead with the development of a Red Army.  Over the course of the legendary “long march” that takes place in the mid-1930s he distinguishes himself as a leader of the Chinese communists. After the temporary formation of a united front against the Japanese invasion (1937-1945) the civil war ends after 22 years with the communist troops as the victor.  On October 1, 1949 the “great leader” proclaims the People’s Republic of China at the Gate of Heavenly Peace in Peking. From now on he wants to establish an encompassing communism and achieve the idea of a “new man”. His ambitious endeavour, to turn China from a backwards, agricultural society into a modern industrial state via the “great leap forward” is a catastrophic failure. Tens of millions of people die due to the hasty collectivization. In order to maintain his power position Mao initiates the „great proletarian cultural revolution“ in which he agitates millions of young people against his own party. In the wake of this “cleansing” hundreds of thousands of functionaries, artists and intellectuals are persecuted, tortured or killed, while countless of cultural assets are destroyed. The terror only comes to an end when Mao dies on September 9, 1976, its extent being downplayed for a long time. Nevertheless, the „Great Helmsman“ is still revered in China—and beyond, almost like a saint.

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