Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 14/1950 02.05.1950


01 May 1 in East and West Berlin Berlin: red flags wave may move, white-clad girl. On the grandstand Ulbricht and Pieck Grothe welfare, total. Vopos at the Brandenburg Gate. West Berlin: Demonstration on the square of the Republic before the ruins of the Reichstag building. Federal Minister for all-German Affairs, Jakob Kaiser speaks (equality among the Nations). Interview: "we, the Germans, To want real freedom, we To want real equality. The humiliating consciousness of the second or even the Drittrangigkeit must be taken by the German people. Password, which requires stopping Communism means freedom, says justice means equality and means dignity for all peoples." Pan across rally. Clapping, half-close.
(51 m) 02 Bonn: Elly Heuss just gives press conference on mother's day journalists. Elly Heuss barely speaks, half-close. (Catastrophies). Images from Müttergenesungsheimen, women in lounge chairs and walking. Actuality: "namely, we spoke of the German Catastrophies and the fact that mother's day is celebrated on May 14." And that this time really take the mother's day for this Catastrophies in claims. The Müttergenesungswerk get the women out of their really terribly serious everyday, and we have seen that they have recovered in a very short time and again fresh and less nervous and less worked up to her family came back."
(21 m) 03. Chicago: warehouse fire burning warehouse. Poet smoke and fires.
(12 m) 4th Rome: the Countess on Arabian mare by Rome riding equestrian Countess Helene von Hohenau in Rome to ride over the Alps.
(13 m) 05 Windsor: ceremony of the Garter moving to the institution of the order of the Garter, lace King George and Queen Elisabeth. Princess Margaret Rose, Lord Halifax, Marshal Montgomery: (24 m) 06. Berlin: bear triplets at the Zoo the mother bear with her cubs. Bear cubs playing with each other (17 m) 07. Wembley: Cup final arsenal - Liverpool 2-0 game scenes. Arsenal shoots 1-0 into the far corner. Ball into the goal. Kick-off to the second half. Liverpool stormed. Game scenes in front of the arsenal goal. Arsenal shoots 2-0 in the return. King George presented the Cup captain of arsenal.

08 Hamburg: Riding and Steeplechasing different rider on the course. Viewers with cylinder.
(37 m) 9 Hannover: motorcycle racing in the Eilenriede start the sidecar machines up to 600 cc race. Driving through curves. Winner Böhm-Fuchs. Georg Meier, large, and Heiner Fleischmann, great. Start the 500 cc solo machines. Race. A spectator holds to the ears. Meier leads the race ahead of Fleischmann. In the final laps, overtaken Heiner Fleischmann and as winner by the target.
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Elizabeth von England; Georg VI. von England; Grotewohl, Otto; Lord Halifax; Heuss-Knapp, Elli; Hohenau von, Helene; Kaiser, Jakob; Margaret von England; Montgomery, Bernhard; Pieck, Wilhelm; Ulbricht, Walter; Fuchs, Anke


East Berlin; Chicago; Berlin; Windsor; Bonn; West Berlin; Wembley; Hamburg; Hanover; Rome


Sachindex Wochenschauen; DDR; Domestic events; Fire; Football; motor sports; Medals, awards, honors; Press, press conferences; Horse riding, horse racing (without harness); Reviews; Spoprt-Ehrungen; sports audience, sports spectator; Animals (except dogs); Welfare, aid agencies, care; Listener; Trade unions; Sports honors; 14 find book new German newsreel slow motion


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Weekly Newsreel

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Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 14/1950

Die Zeit unter der Lupe (Other title)

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Title brand 1 may in Berlin camera: Obeng, Gerzer woman Heuss to mother's day camera: Stoll blaze in Chicago origin: Metro garter origin: Pathe news rider Countess in Rome camera: Schuller Bärenbabies from Berlin camera: Obeng REIT and Steeplechasing in Flottbek camera: Stoll, reason, Juppe motorcycle racing in Eilenriede camera: Stoll, reason, Wolf end brand

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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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