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"Hitler's Reign of Terror" Film Discovered after 75 Years

Discussion in 'Prelude to War & Poland 1939' started by GRW, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    "The first American film to warn about the rise of Adolf Hitler has been found in a vault in Belgium after lying unnoticed for 75 years.
    Hitler's Reign of Terror features footage smuggled out of Germany, showing Nazi party rallies, book burnings and the ransacking of Jewish shops.
    It was produced by Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to the wealthy US industrialist family, who visited Germany as Hitler was voted into power in 1933.
    The only surviving copy was discovered among some 70,000 films in the vast vaults of the Cinematheque film archive in Brussels.
    Staff believe the reel was ordered by someone who wanted to show the film in Belgium but never collected it. It survived the war, and Nazi occupation, in the Belgian customs office, and was transferred to the archive in the 1970s."
    http://news.sky.com/story/1144609/hitler-warning-film-lay-in-vault-for-75-years
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member

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    Another good story, Gordon. I wish I could see the film. Maybe it will show up in youtube. We should both remember to look for it. It sounds fascinating.
     
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    Certainly does, Lou. Wouldn't be surprised if it's already on youtube!
     

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