Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 480/1959 10.04.1959


01 India: Arrival of refugees from Tibet refugees with mules on mountain car. Kids on the run. Abandoned cabins. Refugees with luggage at railway station.
(25 m 2) Ghana: anti-British demonstrations parade with banners against the approach of the English in the British protectorate of Nyasaland.
(12 m) 03 Mainz: 10 years NATO - parade breakdown from UFA 141/3 - more here: troops from 9 NATO countries at the NATO commander General Norstad, General Valluy and Federal Minister von Merkatz March past. A German army unit marches at the top, then soldiers from Belgium, Brits, Canadians with bagpipes, French, American, air parade.
(42 m) 04 United States: rocket-propelled aircraft start start from through missile launch.
(8 m) 5th Holland: express service for express trains waitresses and waiters with trays selling drinks to train on platform. People are the paper cup from the train Windows. Man collects mugs.
(22 m) 06. Berlin: Dogs in cages sit dog show. Mops Barsoy, white poodle, great.
(19 m) 7th Düsseldorf: umbrella fashion umbrellas and pretty women. Walk with a parasol in Park. Children with umbrellas.
(28 m) 08 Australia: swimwear swimsuit without carrier with skirt. Flower swimsuit.
(13 m) 09 Florida: water ski water skier. Water ski jumper. Water skiers on Chair. Fight against each other on water skis.
(12 m) 10 frogmen - diver divers playing cards under water and read a newspaper.
(9 m) 11 Augsburg: handball West - East 18:22 (all-German team for the World Championships is to be collected) exchange of flower bouquets. Game on football field with large doors. Gate dignity. Half-time 10:9 game scenes. East wins.
(37 m) 12 Dortmund: table tennis World Championships the Westfalenhalle. Thick foam rubber bat, which was banned. Japan wins 6 of 7 titles. Mixed doubles: Eguchi / Ogimura of Japan defeat the Sankar / Vyhnanovski from Czechoslovakia, after they had won the two first sets. Clapping. Award ceremony.
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Merkatz von, Joachim; Norstad, Lauris


Berlin; Hamburg; Ghana; Holland; India; Antarctica; Mainz; Italy; Tibet; Düsseldorf; Australia; United States; Augsburg; Dortmund


Sachindex Wochenschauen; Demonstrations; Railways; close-ups, detail; Handball; Dogs; Children; Escape; Refugees; Parades; Rockets; Cities; Animals (except dogs); table tennis; Landscapes; Events; transport questions; Customs; Flugzeugwesen, Flugwesen; Fashion; NATO; Jobs; Exhibitions; Gastronomy; Anniversaries, Jubilees, birthdays; Dogs; 14 find book new German newsreel slow motion


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Weekly Newsreel

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Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 480/1959

Die Zeit unter der Lupe (Other title)

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Title brand refugees from Tibet into India origin: vis news Anglophobe Demonstr. Ghana origin: vis news anniversary.-parade of NATO in Mainz camera: Luppa, basic jet fighters with rocket launch (United States) origin: Metro coffee operation in holländ. Eisenbhn.
Origin: Road dog show in Berlin camera: Pahl screen wear, Düsseldorf camera: basic swimwear, Australia origin: Cine sound water-skiing in Florida and frogmen origin: archive table tennis final, Dortm. 2. report camera: Seib, pupil handball: Westdtl. / Ostdtl., Augsburg camera: strong, Hafner final brand

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1959 Tibetan Uprising and the Dalai Lama’s Flight to India (March 10-21, 1959)

The Chinese had occupied Tibet for almost a decade when a rebellion erupts in the Central Asian country in March of 1959. When the People’s Republic was founded at the end of the Chinese civil war Mao Zedong decided to tackle “Tibet’s return to the Chinese motherland” and ordered the soldiers of his liberation army to invade a country that had been de facto sovereign since 1913. After a number of futile appeals to the United Nations Tibet is left with no choice other than to start negotiations with its overpowering neighbour. In the spring of 1951 they sign the “Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet,” which states that Tibet is granted extensive religious, cultural and political freedom, yet in reality things turn out quite differently. 

Pervasive intrusions and unwanted reforms feed the resentment of the populace and increasingly lead to civil unrest. In March of 1959 rumours about the potential kidnapping of Dalai Lama abound and as a result 300,000 Tibetans assemble in the capital to protect their leader. Ensuing protests for Tibet’s independence lead to open clashes. While the Dalai Lama manages to flee across the Indian border Peking relentlessly crushes the insurrection. Tens of thousands of Tibetans lose their lives, just as many follow his holiness into exile. China would rigorously enforce its claim to power and establishes communism as state doctrine. The Dalai Lama goes on and founds the Tibetan Government in Exile a few weeks after his arrival in India, which he heads until 2011.

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