• Short Summary

    A report from British zone of Germany shows the truth about their food situation.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Germany's food. The truth.

    Intertitle - 'Pathe sent in a team of investigators to Germany to reveal the food situation. Their probe was thorough, impartial and complete ....This film lays bare the facts, and helps you objectively to see the truth emerging from a welter of conflicting reports .... official statement by Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Sholto Douglas, C-in-C British zone of Germany.'

    Two British housewives discuss bread rationing in a baker's shop with the baker. One says British food is going to feed Germans, the other woman says the German people are starving. The baker says we should be worrying about ourselves. Various shots in Germany of people shouting and fighting because of the lack of food. M/S's of a ship carrying grain to Germany. M/S of food driven away on lorries. Various shots of young women wearing nice dresses and smiling. Various shots of people being weighed and measured for signs of malnutrition. Various shots of people dealing in the black market, some are arrested. Various shots of displaced persons in Germany walking along with their possessions, they sit down at a railway station, the camera pans across them. Various shots as people queue at a soup kitchen.

    Various shots of ploughshares being made in factories, M/S of horse-drawn plough working in field. A farmer scatters fertiliser. The camera pans across people in food queues. M/S of Sir Sholto Douglas seated at desk in study, he explains the case in Germany. M/S of German doctor examining patients suffering from malnutrition. German children, hands outstretched, beg for food. The family of a German doctor sit down to have a meal, they are eating vegetable stew. A miner's family have thick soup with oatmeal in it. A doctor examines the bloated stomach of a starving man. M/S of a hunger ward, the camera pans down to show an emaciated man in bed.

    Various shots of a map showing Germany's black market areas. M/S of policeman with Traffic Disc, he stops a woman and examines the contents of her bag. German police examine the cargo of a German truck and the river police check the occupants of river vessel and arrest two men on board their boat, for black market offence. German civilian engages in black market with German farmer, exchanges watch and cigarettes for food. Officials search loft and find surplus sack of grain hidden under hay. A control officer knocks at door of farm house, a farmer and his wife come out, she shields her child behind her back. They search his cellar and look at his jars of preserves.

    Various shots of a German factory at Arnsberg making sausages from wood pulp. German workers load wood into machine for pulping and making into sausage meat. Various shots of the process. M/S of wood pulp ready for mixing. M/S of barrels of completed sausage meat. German worker spreads sausage onto bread and eats it. M/S of the grain ship.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:19:00 / 01:17:31:00

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