• Short Summary

    Winnipeg acts for a day as if Canada is occupied by the Nazis for fund-raising purposes.

  • Description

    Titles read: "IF DAY IN WINNIPEG" (titles transferred in negative; story in positive).

    Winnipeg, Canada.

    Various shots show a novel idea to boost the 'Victory Loan' fund-raising of Winnipeg as the city acts out what it would be like if Canada and the United Nations "were to come under the grinding heel of Nazism" for a day. Men in Nazi uniforms ride about on armoured vehicles and haul people off buses. The Mayor is arrested and escorted out of the Town Hall, where the Union Jack flag is lowered to be replaced by the swastika.

    The local paper, the Winnipeg Tribune becomes Das Winnipeger Lugenblatt. Nazi troops pull people from tables in a canteen and sit in their places. A church is closed and a priest arrested; a sign is nailed to the door forbidding religious services there. Nazi soldiers enter a school classroom, take away a nun teacher and wipe words of democracy off the blackboard.

    Soldiers pillage houses while the occupiers stand on the pavement looking tearful (not extremely convincing acting here). Public officials are led off to concentration camps or the firing squad.

    This is quite an interesting item - I wonder if other towns did this too?

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1322.05
    Media URN:
    43735
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1942
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:12:00 / 01:09:42:00
    Canister:
    42/24

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