War + Military | 1970 | Sound | B/W
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An amazing film about Latvia during World War Two and the Latvian Nazi war criminals against the Jews in that Country, using a lot of rarely seen archive footage
( The cataloguer did not have Russian so some things have been guessed )
Picture of lakes with woodland in between. The harvest waiting to be gathered. A farm can be seen. Woods and fields. A German JU88 dive bomber diving. Dropping bombs. Explosions. People fleeing from flames. Inside the nose of an aircraft. Tanks. Burning crops. A German soldier filming. Burning buildings. Soldiers. German officers. A German drum band, followed by a full band. German soldiers marching on parade. TIEK MEKLETI! WANTED!
German soldiers and civilians wearing suits. Latviesu Kartibas Sargu Diene Sta. Smiling men. A group of German officers sitting down - some standing reading a document. Inking type with a roller. Taking fingerprints. Shaking hands by a small swastika flag. German soldiers waving A man being taken away by three others falls to the ground. Fahndungsnachweis (travel permit?) A document produced by the Sicherdeinste German Security Service. In Riga, 30 January 1944. It is in Latvian. A list of names. Shaking camera. A passage. German soldiers and a few civilians stand in front of some rubble and a building. A man is pushed along by another. Traffic parking. A newspaper being printed. A story. A photograph of a man wearing a suit and glasses. A man being dragged away. Men working. Building People in front of mined buildings. People moving rubble. A man sketching. The newspaper. Hitler speaking. A German officer examining the documents of a man. A document in Latvian. A man putting his wallet away. A document in Latvian. A crowd of people. A newspaper with a picture of Hitler. Cuttings from papers. Hitler speaking. Cuttings from papers. The picture of a man wearing a suit and glasses. A street seen through barbed wire. Shaky camera looking up at block of flats. German soldiers taking two men away. Street seen through barbed wire. Stairs seen from a strange angle. A group of men with a few German soldiers. The camera spins in the courtyard of the block of flats. The street seen through barbed wire. Spinning in the courtyard of the block of flats. German soldiers chasing men. People lined up against a wall. Strange lights. The barbed wire fence and watchtower of a concentration camp. A sign saying (roughly) if you enter this zone you will be shot without warning (Die Neutrale Zone Bertritt wird ohne warnung Erschossen). Hitler speaking. Concentration camp inmates. Woodland. A firing squad. Naked or nearly naked people beside what looks like a mass grave. A German soldier receiving a medal. Dead bodies. German officers. They give out a commendation. Dead child. German soldiers. A German officer - he appears to be important to the voice-over. German soldiers. A German officer speaking in front of a swastika flag. A German soldier listening. German officers shaking hands. German officers saluting and shaking hands very warmly. People standing on a balcony by flagpoles. Soldiers on a parade ground being addressed. A German civilian in a suit by a microphone. S.S. soldiers. A Latvia badge (Latvija). Latvia SS badge. German soldiers standing to attention. SS soldiers presenting arms. German officers inspecting the troops. ( I think they are in front of Riga Cathedral). German soldiers with a swastika flag. An officer from the Totenkopfverbande (Theodore Eicke's division - Death's Head symbol. They were particularly vicious. They were originally concentration camp guards. A group of German officers including the one we have just seen. German soldiers march past the camera. A track in the country. Man with spades leaping out of the back of a van.
Salaspils. An electricity pylon in the background. A German soldier with men digging. Men digging. They look like Jews. Some of them take their shirts off. An electrified fence. The men digging, overseen by a German officer. A still picture of a crowd of people. A still picture of women undressed and undressing. There are some German soldiers in the background. A still picture of naked women with German soldiers in the background. Women facing away from the camera - another still. A still picture of about four people about to be shot in the back by a firing squad of what look like German soldiers. A map in German - St Petersburg, which was Leningrad at the time, is marked as Leningrad. In Estonia, there is a word saying Free from Jews. In Latvia there appear to have been 35238 Jews killed, with a ghetto of 2500 in Riga. In Lithuania, there appear to have been 138241 Jews killed, with a ghetto of 15000 in Kavnas, the capital in the intervening years. What I think is Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is marked as Reval. There is no date on the map. The camera zooms in on Lithuania. An almost skeletal corpse. Dead people naked - lots of them. German soldiers standing to attention. A man standing between a Latvian and a swastika flag. I think he is Julius Steicher but that is just a guess. A document in German dated 9 May 1942. German officers shaking hands. What appears to be a few civilians with them. German soldiers at attention, a couple of them saluting. German officers inspecting the troops. German officers presenting medals. Eyes. A still picture of a burning building. A still picture of a German soldier. Something burning. Eyes. Light passing across the ground. Something burning. A face. A face, a man with a beard. A woman? A man with a beard. Snow on the ground. A man with a fur hat on in the snow. He is quite animated and looking around. He is in a clearing in some woods. The camera goes around the clearing looking at the trees. A gate. In front of the church is a small mews, on the left are a few single storey buildings and on the right is what seems to be a two storey house. Some documents in Latvian. A German soldier, whom we have seen before. Some statistics presumably the number of people in various categories who have been killed. 'Likvideto' is probably liquidated in Latvian. A crowd in front of a ship. A German? Soldier with family driving a cart piled high with possessions. A German soldier loading things on to a train. It looks as though they are retreating . German soldiers pulling a cart load of possessions . Germans - offices and soldiers. What appear to be German civilians boarding a ship. There are some soldiers among them. A man speaking into a microphone from a script. Young man being examined by a German army doctor. A crowd of young men peering over a soldier's shoulder. A group of German soldiers are drinking from a water bottle. A girl talking to some German soldiers. A German soldier and girl - he is smoking. A Couple of girls and a group of young German soldiers. German soldiers with kitbags. German soldiers and civilians. German soldier kissing goodbye to, probably, his mother German soldiers boarding a ship. A truck being lifted aboard by crane. German soldier kissing goodbye to his wife or girlfriend. German soldiers boarding a ship. Above them are some officers and nurses. The ship departs. It is waved away by the friends and relatives of those aboard. Fires and smoke seen from the sea. Men on the ship waving farewell. Waves coming to a beach somewhere on the Baltic. Skulls and bones among the sand. A column of German soldiers carrying a white flag. A burning house with a church in the background. Russian soldiers carrying a PPsH41 with drum magazine - it is a submachine gun. It is not clear exactly what they are running over. They are greeted with flowers. A Soviet flag is shown with the initials LPSR on it - Latvian People's Socialist Republic?
Soviet soldiers advancing, covered by a machine gun and infantry. Crowds turn out to see them enter Riga. A Soviet cavalryman with flowers. Latvian girls wearing white. Kisses for a Soviet soldier. Soviet troops are given flowers. They march on into Riga. A meeting hall full of people. In centre stage are three men, flanked by about eleven others. The others are divided in to two groups. It looks like a trial - the three who look like the judges have lots of thick books in front of them. There is soviet insignia on the tall backs of their chairs. A man talking in the country near a big house. It could be a big park - it is unclear. He is with some others. Soviet offices walking away from the camera. Soviet soldiers escorting a prisoner. The man we saw talking a moment ago boards an aircraft with two Soviet soldiers. The steps are taken away and the aircraft door shuts. A church - Riga Cathedral? A crowd of people . Two people digging what looks like a grave. A man looking down. Behind him is a Soviet soldier. Skulls, bones and shoes neatly arranged. A man looking down, behind him a woman wearing a headscarf. A picture of a man, woman and boy, all presumably dead and a very young child who, one assumes, shared their fate. The camera zooms in on him. Examining a dirty skull - showing the bullet hole. The meeting hall. It is a trial. Everyone rises for the judges. Among the accused are Alberts Eihelis and Haralds Puntilis. The three other accused look suitably downcast. A picture of Puntilus is shown. Another picture shows him standing in the Baltic. A picture of his van. Puntilis in the Baltic. A house. A car. Man and wife. Man and wife. A tower dominates the skyline of New York? Flats above shops. Vesuvio Restaurant, Latvian newspaper Laiks. Picture of newspaper picture of Boleslavs Maikovskis surrounded by text in Latvian. A document in Latvian. Document in Latvian. Picture of soldier noted twice before. Massive building - United Nations? Corner of Minneola Blvd. and Grant Av. A house. Its front door. The soldier in the picture is Boleslavs Maikjovskis, a former SS captain. A leaflet in English asks "Why doesn't the West German Govt. ask for their extradition?" It gives Maikovskis' address in New York and says he is accused of being the organiser of the massacre at Audrini where hundreds of people were killed. Pictures of Artukic, Lapenieks and Trita are shown. All three are suspected war criminals. It seems action is being taken against them after years of inaction. Laipanieks worked for the CIA in the 1960's. He lives near San Diego California. Hazners lives in Whitehall, NY. A picture of Vilis Hazners. Newspaper picture - people in ghetto? Article about Nazi hunting. The Star, Friday November 5 1976. Front page article about Nazi hunting. Picture of Laipenieks - the caption says he is under investigation. Article about Nazis in the US. Article in New York Times, October 18th 1976 with pictures of Laipenieks and Andriza Antukovic about Nazi war criminals. Article about moves to deport Maikovskis and two other Nazi war criminals. Westminster Bridge. Parliament. There is scaffolding around Big Ben. It is an old picture. Mappin and Webb by a tube station - Knightsbridge? The picture looks like it is from the 1950's. Queensborough Terrace W2. Old man with sunglasses walks along the pavement. He approaches number 72. A younger man seems to be following him. A man wearing gloves on a balcony. A white-haired man in his sixties. A man in his sixties in a blazer. Two old men, one in a beret. A man who looks similar to Rudolf Hess passing the Wentworth Court Hotel. A slightly tubby old man wearing glasses and carrying a briefcase. Three old men are wearing flat caps. All these people seem to be going in to number 72. Two men on the balcony, one is smoking. Number 72 is the Latvian Welfare Fund - A Nazi Front? New York? Picture - O Carrasco de Riga. Picture of old man with glasses. Picture of younger man with glasses. Picture of Maikorskis. WANTED! For war crimes . Picture of Nazi Medal - Knight’s Cross with Swords? WANTED! Picture of Laipenieks? WANTED! Picture of a young man running through courtyard. Shaky camera. Picture of Hazners. Picture of man with glasses. Still running. WANTED!
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