• Short Summary

    A look at distribution of aid by Red Cross to POWs all over Europe.

  • Description

    Title reads: "The Quality of Mercy".

    Athens (Greece), Toulon (France) and Geneva (Switzerland).

    General street scenes in Athens after Civil War. M/S of shoe shine boy at work. M/S of crowds walking past barbed wire barricades. M/S of trams being towed by Army lorries in Athens. The trams are scorched and riddled with bullet holes. Various shots of bombed houses during ELAS (Communist National Liberation Army) troubles, refugees collect belongings from their damaged homes. Various shots of corpses, some children, lying in streets of Athens, the sign of Sickle and Hammer is painted on walls. Various shots of British Army cook issuing soup to people. C/U of Greek children queuing for soup. Various shots of ELAS prisoners being deloused. L/S of 3 Red Cross ships in harbour. Various shots of Red Cross ships being loaded and unloaded.

    Various shots of SS Finn of Stockholm, a Red Cross ship, being unloaded in Toulon, France. C/U of Red Cross insignia on side of ship. More shots of ships being unloaded. German prisoners work at unloading crates. C/U American Red Cross food cases for POWs. The crates are loaded onto a train.

    Point of view shot taken from train travelling through countryside. Various shots of very large transport lorries entering Red Cross warehouse in Geneva. C/U of Swiss policeman. Various shots of interior of the massive warehouse - crates are stacked up in great piles. Various shots of Professor Carl Burkhardt, President of the Red Cross and Mr James, Chief of American Red Cross, looking at crates. The crates travel up conveyor belts to top of pile. Various C/Us of types of Red Cross food parcels going to different destinations. L/S of German railway guard signalling to driver. Various shots of German railway trucks on the move.

    Various shots of Geneva at night - lots of neon signs and brightly lit shop fronts, very different to rest of Europe. Various shots of bridge crossing the River Rhone in Geneva. L/S of Central office of the Red Cross. Interior. Various shots of the vast filing system used in the Red Cross building. Files contain details of all prisoners of war and missing civilians. C/U of contents of a food parcel of the Red Cross. C/U of red cross insignia of side of ship.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:21:00 / 01:58:29:00

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