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100 Deutsche Jahre (Germany: A Hundred Years)

Thirty nine segments of a television program covering various aspects of life in Germany in the 20th century.

20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall: August 12, 1981 (Nightline)

A look at the Berlin Wall from differing perspectives. The West claims it was built to keep unhappy East Germans from escaping. The East Germans claim it was built to protect them from West German invasion. 24 min.

A Trip Through 1930's Germany

Contains films mainly made by amateurs -- though some professional work is included -- showing what the people, landscapes and culture of Germany was like during the 1930s, before the Second World War changed it all forever. For those familiar with Germany, you will be astounded at how the efforts of those to rebuild from the ruins were successful in putting much back 'the way it was'. Shows what it was like to live under the Diktatur, but, at the same time, portrays the country in an innocent and entertaining a way.

After the Fall (Nach dem fall)

A haunting documentary about one of the most powerful icons of the 20th century, the Berlin Wall. The program examines the effects of the Wall on the Berlin citizens who lived in its shadow for 28 years. Contemporary witnesses included an American historian, a church minister in Berlin and a Bavarian demolition expert. The common tenor of all their statements is that the Wall and its traces were eradicated too quickly and too radically with the intention of forgetting the past. 1999. 86 min.

Berlin unter den Alliierten, 1945-1949: Hoffnungen und Entauschungen

Produced by German filmmakers and presented from a German point of view, this documentary uses archival films to illustrate the history of Berlin from the end of World War II through the division of Germany into East and West in 1949. During reconstruction the city is divided into four sectors, administered respectively by the four victorious Allies. In 1948, Berlin is split by the rivalry between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union who impose a blockade on the three Western sectors. The Western Allies counter by supplying the city by air-- The Berlin Airlift.

Berlin's Hidden History

Berlin, the capital of reunified Germany is a city with a glittering present and a dark past. A historian leads the viewer through the new Berlin, revealing the many traces of history in a city that served as Frederick the Great's, Bismarck's, and Hitler's capital before it became the front line of the Cold War and the place where the Berlin Wall was built and destroyed. Learn that there is more than meets the eye at the Brandenberg Gate, Potsdammer Platz, Nazi buildings, Jewish cemeteries, Check Point Charlie, and many other places steeped in history.

Berlin, Metropolis of Vice

In the period between the first and second world wars, Berlin transformed itself into the Babylon of the world. Degenerate cabarets, bars, and clubs catering to every sexual daydream sprung up like mushrooms. Censorship was all but non-existent as corruption comingled with culture and political liberties. Bonus content: In-depth interviews with key historians and writers; Audio commentary track on Berlin by filmakers Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell. c2006. 45 min.

Brandenburg Bricks; Brandenburg Heathland, Brandenburg Sand

Contents: Brandenburg Bricks (1988, b&w, 30 min.) -- Brandenburg Heathland, Brandenburg Sand (1990, b&w, 60 min.) The first part of this documentary shows the brickmakers of Zehdenick, a small town in Brandenburg, and their grim living and working conditions. Made less than 2 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was banned by the East German authorities and only allowed to be shown after cuts were made. The second part of the documentary was made in the same town after the wall came down.

Changing Berlin: Changing Europe.(Human Geography, People Places and Change; 9)

Many of the issues that Germany and eastern Europe now confront are seen in microcosm in Berlin. Film examines the history of the city of Berlin, including the social, economic and political changes which have resulted since the fall of the Berlin Wall. 27 min.

Children of Golzow.

Begun in August 1961, this longest running documentary in the history of film chronicles the lives of nine children growing up in the German Democratic Republic. It follows their lives for almost four decades beginning in the rural town of Golzow providing a social panorama of life in the GDR. Central themes in the documentary are the relationships between generations, trust and responsibility, daily work, as well as existential questions about war and peace. c1999. 2 tapes. 256 min.

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