New German Government formed & High Commissioners declare end of military government.
Bonn and Petersberg, Germany.
Title in German reads 'Regierungsbildung Vollzogen Besatzungsstatut Statt Militarregierung'.
LS. Interior of the German parliament looking towards platform. MS. Members lined up waiting their turn to be sworn in. MS. Dr Erich Kohler, President of the Bundestag (new German Parliament), ready for swearing in ceremony. MS. Dr Konrad Adenauer shaking hands with Dr Kohler and taking the oath of office - natural sound. He steps down from rostrum. Various shots of other members being sworn in. LS. The residence of the three High Commissioners on the Petersburg, near Koenigswinter. MS. British and French troops on guard outside the residence. MS. Dr Adenauer and others walking past guards and up steps to residence. MS. Other German representatives walking up steps to residence. SCU. Three men chatting inside. CU. Dr Adenauer chatting to another man. MS. The three High Commissioners seated at table prior to signing the Occupation Statute and declaring the end of Military Government. CU. One of the High Commissioners signing. SCU. John McCloy, US High Commissioner, signing. MS. Mr McCloy, Dr Adenauer chatting to Sir Brian Robertson and Andre Francoise-Poncet. CU. John McCloy speaking seated at desk - natural sound: "I can assure the German people that they start on their journey attended by the great hope and good will of the people of the United States who will follow the progress of the new Government with the greatest interest." CU. Sir Brian Robertson, British High Commissioner, seated at desk speaking - natural sound: "The importance of this event goes far beyond the borders of Germany herself. The eyes of the world are on the new Republic today."
(Comb. Dupe Neg.)
Date found in the old record - 29/09/1949. German voiceover. There is a duplicate of this item - it has same title, it is on the same tape - Film ID 2517.09. This copy has much better sound.