• Short Summary

    Various shots of German citizens in the run-up to the changeover from Reichmarks to Deutschmarks, spending money, getting latest news, queuing for new notes.

  • Description


    Full screen optical superimposed title ("Wahrungsreform!" ): showing old Reichmarks in a jumble blowing some away to reveal orderly pattern of new Deutschmarks. (German commentary throughout).

    MS German street scene on wet day showing trams and people going to work (probably on, or the day before, 18th June 1948, when the new currency was introduced in the Anglo-American Zone of Germany. (3 shots). CU German people studying wall notices announcing currency reforms (4 shots). MS German shoppers standing in queues outside closed shops waiting for them to open, in a shopping spree to get rid of as much of the old currency as possible before the new becomes valid. (6 shots). MS Exterior and interior, high shots of crowds in a ticket hall (possibly a railway station) forming long queues to buy tickets. Sign in ticket hall reads "Fahrkarten". (3 shots). MS Expectant crowd scenes on the street, people in raincoats and hats. (4 shots). MS Scenes inside newspaper building: typesetters setting "hot metal" type, "hot metal" plate being removed from the printing press, a woman stacking latest editions of newspapers reporting on new currency regulations. (3 shots). MS and CU Newspaper vans getting mobbed by small, good-natured crowds desperate for news of new currency regulations, men and women running after vans.(5 shots). MS People in streets buying newspapers from street vendors, people standing or sitting on steps in the street reading newspapers. (6 shots). Various shots of boxed up money (new marks) in exchanges waiting to be released. Sign on box reads "Deutsche Mark 4000". CU Statue wall plaque. CU Hand counting packets of new money. CU and MS Money in sacks being loaded under guard onto a bus to be taken to other distribution centres. (3 shots). MS The bus laden with new currency leaves municipal / bank building. MS High shot, queues standing with umbrellas in rain waiting to collect their 40 Deutschmarks for old Reichmarks. (Moving shot). MS Crowd shot people outside Exchange. MS People entering Exchange. MS Crowded scene inside exchange. MS Old woman receiving new deutschmarks. CU Old woman signing for the same. CU Cashier's hands giving out new money. CU The cashier's face. CU Woman's hands receiving new money and taking back identity card. CU Head of young German woman. CU Bearded German gentleman. CU Old notes being dropped into box. CU Woman in headscarf putting new money into her wallet. CU Cashiers hands counting out new and old marks. MS Street scene showing shoppers entering shop, and new goods being put back into window. (4 shots). CU Hand chalking up new prices onto old tariff list. MS and CU Oberdirektor Dr. Punder making a radio broadcast on the new money reform. (Nat sound in German). CU Full screen optical superimposed title, "Ende" over rotating globe.
    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 29/6/48.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:04:45:00
    UN 1962 B

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    The footage seen here is shot in Munich.

    "Dr Punder" referred to is Dr Hermann Punder.

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