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Through Amateur EyesFilm and Photography in Nazi Germany$
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Frances Guerin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670062

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670062.001.0001

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Europe at War in Color and Motion

Europe at War in Color and Motion

(p.159) 4 Europe at War in Color and Motion
Through Amateur Eyes

Frances Guerin

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines an array of color film footage taken by German civilians, soldiers, officers, and Nazi dignitaries in an attempt to document the war and their experiences of World War II. It discusses color footage on a range of subjects: the occupation of Paris in December 1940; the arrival in and observation of daily life in Krakow; a ghetto; and the Dachau concentration camp. In addition, this chapter considers home movie footage shot by Adolf Hitler’s butler, Arthur Kannenberg, around April 1939; films of the aftermath of the bombing of Hamburg; and views seen through the cockpit windows of fighter planes. It also brings into focus the Nazi administration banning images that expose war crime, starvation, and other similar conditions.

Keywords:   Nazi Party, World War II, Paris occupation, Krakow, ghetto, Dachau concentration camp, Adolf Hitler, Arthur Kannenberg, Hamburg

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