This book, first published in 1988, provides a comparative approach for looking at the filmic witness of the final days of the Third Reich, and the opening of the period often referred to as Stunde Null (Zero Hour) – that moment when a new Germany emerged from catastrophic destruction. Brought together in this volume are articles by a group of international scholars each dealing with the message of German defeat as it was presented to the people of the Soviet Union, the United States, Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland and Germany itself. Not only are newsreels and immediate post-war documentaries dealt with but also the very important Welt im Film Newsreel which was used by the Americans and British for the political reeducation of Germany.
1. American Newsreels and the Collapse of Nazi Germany K.R.M. Short 2. Defeated Germany in British Newsreels: 1944–45 Nicholas Pronay 3. Soviet Film Chronicles and the Fall of Nazi Germany Sergei Drobashenko 4. The Red Army Beflags the Reichstag: Film as Historical Fantasy Richard C. Raack 5. The Polish Newsreel in 1945: The Bitter Victory Stanislaw Ozimek 6. Goebbels, Götterdämmerung, and the Deutsche Wochenschauen David Welch 7. Swiss Newsreel – 1945 Peter Gerdes 8. Welt im Film: Origins and Message Heinrich Bodensieck 9. Welt im Film 1945 and the Reeducation of Occupied Germany Stephan Dolezel 10. The Problem of ‘Authenticity’ in the German Wartime Newsreels Karl Stamm 11. Film as a Source of Historical Authenticity Peter Bucher