• Short Summary

    THE REBUILT SOUTHERN WING OF THE OLD GERMAN REICHSTAG IN BERLIN WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (MONDAY).

  • Description

    THE REBUILT SOUTHERN WING OF THE OLD GERMAN REICHSTAG IN BERLIN WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (MONDAY). KEYS TO THE BUILDING WERE HANDED OVER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE WEST GERMAN BUNDESTAG (LOWER HOUSE), DR EUGEN GERSTENMAIER.
    DR GERSTENMAIER SAID THAT WHEN A BUNDESTAG COMMITTEE MEET IN WEST BERLIN TOMORROW THE BUILDING WILL BE USED FOR PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE REICHSTAG FIRE OF FEBRUARY 27, 1933.
    FILM BEGINS WITH LIBRARY MATERIAL OF THE 1933 FIRE, WHICH IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED AS MARKING THE END OF GERMAN DEMOCRACY. THE BLAZE, ENGINEERED BY THE NAZIS, GAVE HITLER A PRETEXT TO BAN THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND ISSUE SPECIAL LAWS STRENGTHENING THE NAZI PARTY'S STATUS.
    ALLIED BOMBING DURING WORLD WAR II DESTROYED VIRTUALLY ALL BUT THE SHELL OF THE BUILDING. NOW TWO-FIGHTS OF IT HAVE BEEN RESTORED AT A COST OF NEARLY GBP3 MILLION AND RECONSTRUCTION IS CONTINUING.
    USE OF THE REICHSTAG BY THE BUNDESTAG HAS AROUSED SOVIET OBJECTIONS BECAUSE, THEY SAY, WEST BERLIN IS NOT PART OF WEST GERMANY. THE BUILDING OVERLOOKS THE EASTERN SECTOR OF THE DIVIDED CITY. THE BUILDING STANDS JUST NORTH OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE -- THE SEALED-OFF FORMER MAIN CROSSING POINT -- AND THE BERLIN WALL LOOPS AROUND THREE SIDES OF IT.
    THE AMERICANS AND BRITISH WERE NOT REPRESENTED AT TODAY'S CEREMONY. BRITISH OFFICIALS, DENYING ANY SNUB, SAID IT WAS A "PURELY GERMAN AFFAIRS". OFFICIAL AMERICAN COMMENT WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE0ZYO43JKZ2NXW3JVSX0VK47N
    Media URN:
    VLVAE0ZYO43JKZ2NXW3JVSX0VK47N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A
  • Part of…

    GERMANY: BERLIN: THE REICHSTAG OLD AND NEW

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