Title ID 9323Collection ID1247
Title[Athletics; Socialising; Prize-giving; Dam]
CollectionThird Reich Film Material
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionCommunity
ThemeWartime And Military
KeywordsCeremonies Games Landscape Leisure Time Activities Men Industry Sport Uniforms Women Second World War (1939-1945)
LocalDüsseldorf region (?) Edertal (?)
NationalGermany Europe
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CameraContact Screen Archive South East for details
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A set of films made in 1937 and 1939. The first part depicts various sports, an in-doors party, and the awarding of prizes by Nazi officials. The second part features a doubles tennis match and a visit to a dam.


The first section, dated 1939, shows a sprint race on a racetrack. This is followed by (dark) indoor scenes at a party or gathering in a bar (?) with men and women sitting close together, linking arms, smiling and laughing, with some drinking and raising a toast.

The next section, also dated 1939, shows further track races by men and women. Couples and families sit in an outdoor cafe with tables and parasols. This is followed by a prize-giving conducted by Nazi officials on a podium. A set of scrolling titles lists the regional departments that took part in the events. The appearance of the title ‘Kraft durch Freud' suggests that the sporting events were related to the Kraft durch Freud (Strength through Joy) leisure organisation.

The final section, dated 1937, shows two couples in tennis whites playing a game of tennis followed by athletics events on the field. Final scenes show a water cascading from a dam with a group of people standing and observing from a balcony close by.