Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 479/1959 03.04.1959


1 Jerusalem: Pilgrims to the Holy places of Christianity Jerusalem. Praying. Procession on the Via Dolorosa. Cross is worn.
(16 m) 2nd Rome: Pope Johannes XXIII. St. Peter's square in the rain gives the Easter blessing. Nuns under umbrellas. People on the square in rain clothes and under umbrellas. Pope Johannes XXIII. issued the Apostolic blessing on balcony urbi et orbi.
(20 m) 03 Paris: press statement de Gaulle interview de Gaulle declared that West Berlin could be shipped not an authoritarian State.
(13 m) 4th Moscow: press statement Khrushchev to the Germany issue Khrushchev interview stressed the need for a peace treaty with Germany and agrees to the deployment of neutral forces in Berlin.

05. United States: 1 amphibious helicopter flying world helicopter to combat submarines and for the sea rescue service, lands on the water, and rising again.
(11 m) 6th United States: education German soldiers in Texas Fort Bliss Fort Bliss. Theoretical lessons. Training of modern air defence weapons, teaching radar unit that controls AJAX and Hercules missiles.
(25 m) 07. The stone ball rocket men in medieval clothes load cannons with stone balls. Mortars and cannons. Pull a battery to 1700 horses go to position gun at position. Painting of Prince Eugene. Barrage in the first world war. Artillery fire during the second world war. Missile launch today with electronic target.
(44 m) 08 Hamburg: international hockey tournament: HTHC - Queens University Hockey Club Belfast 3:1 game scenes in ZL. Shot on goal HTHC. Viewers are to place. Consolation goal for Belfast shortly before the end of the game.
(31 m) 09 Dortmund: table tennis championships ping pong tables in the Westfalenhalle. Players at the tables. Japanese players. Guntsch / Sweden defeated Ann Haydon / England. Zoltan Berczik / Hungary a favorite. Jutta Kruse / Germany loses against Eva Koszian / Hungary. Dieter Köhler / Germany defeated the favorite Wang Chuan Yao, China. Fuji Eguchi / Japan defeated Belgian. Game of the ex-world champion Ichiro Ogimurai. Referee moves head rapidly back and forth and follows the game.
(68 m) 10 Chicago: Amateur Boxing in the Golden Gloves breakdown from UFA 140 / 7 - here longer: lightweight: Vincent Shomo defeated Freddy Davis by knockout violent shock Exchange. In the first round, Davis fighting superior, then Samanu is catching up and beats Davis k.o. (19 m) 11 Poland: Jiu Jitsu in police school police as a woman or criminals disguised show Jiu Jitsu in all walks of life.
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Chruschtschow, Nikita; Gaulle de, Charles; Johannes XXIII.; Luppa, Wilhelm; Köhler, Dieter; Kruse, Jutta


United States; USSR; Jerusalem; Poland; Rome; Hamburg; Dortmund


Sachindex Wochenschauen; Boxes; Bundeswehr; Judo; aircraft; Easter; Political events; Police; Armor; Schools, training; table tennis; Military; Events; NATO; Hockey; Military; 14 find book new German newsreel slow motion


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Weekly Newsreel

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Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 479/1959

Die Zeit unter der Lupe (Other title)

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Title brand Easter blessing papst Joh. XXIII, Rome origin: iNcom Easter events in Jerusalem origin: Basman Studios Pressekonf. d. Gaulle such German question origin: Eclair Pressekonf. Chrutschow z.dt. Origin question: DEFA of first amphibious helicopter (United States) origin: Metro Ausbildg. German soldiers/Fort Bliss (United States) origin: US in shape. Service V. d. stone ball up to the rocket origin: film section. Hockey tournament, Hamburg camera: Stoll, Seib ping-pong Weltmstrsch. / Dortm. i. ber.
Camera: Luppa, basic boxes "Golden Glaes", Chicago origin: Metro youth of Polish police origin: Polkronika final brand

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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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