January 2014, arsenal cinema

FilmDokument: Reichsbahn, Film and Holocaust

From the end of the 20s, the film department of the Reichsbahn, the German Imperial Railway, created films about its activities, including several films made between 1933 and 1941 with an obvious propaganda function. Among these films were also two short reports made after the start of the Second World War which show the Reichsbahn's efforts to rebuild destroyed sections of track: EISENBAHNANLAGEN ZERSTÖRT(1939/40) and SCHIENENWEG NACH RUSSLAND (1941). Parts of these films had explicitly anti-Semitic subject matter, similar to the film REICHSBAHN IN RUSSLAND (1942) created by the Imperial Transport Ministry. At the same time, deportations of Jews were already taking place on imperial territory, which were captured in rare amateur footage. (teh)

An event by CineGraph Babelsberg in collaboration with the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv and the Deutsche Kinemathek.  (13.1.)