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Title The end in Berlin [videorecording] : a film / written and directed by Jörg Müllner, Anja Greulich ; created by Guido Knopp ; producer, Jörg Müllner.


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 UniM ERC DVD  940.5421 GERM/APOC  disc 2 epis.3-4  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (51 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Germany's war - apocalypse (Television programme) ; episode 4.
NOTES e-gx--- e-pl--- e-ur---
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV programme broadcast 02/07/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
'A production of History MEDIA GmbH for ZDF in association with The History Channel ... [et al.]'
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Document and research, Nurshin Bokai ; editor Sven Ritzkowski ; music, Enjott Schneider ; English version, script and subtitles: Felicity Mueller, Elena Mikhailik, Keith McLennan
Performers English version, narrators: Alastair Duncan, Natasha Beaumont, Jake Downs.
Summary This final episode begins with events in the dying hours of 30th April, for Berlin, as Mikhail Petr Minnin recounts how he and his four comrades stormed the Reichstag and raised the Red flag, high above it. As Stalin had demanded it, by 1st May, Labour Day, the Red flag was flying over the Reichstag. As the Russians entered Berlin, in the final week of April, hastily trained German home-guards formed the last line of defence, hopelessly, against the Soviet onslaught. Once in the city, Soviet troops continuously shelled it, reducing it to rubble. Over three million civilians were caught in the crossfire and trying to survive. With the apocalypse upon them, many Germans realised that the war was lost, and could not understand why Goebbels and Hitler still insisted on not surrendering.
In the city centre as the fighting continued, in many suburbs, the post-war period had begun, with the victors taking the first steps towards co-existence. On 2nd May, with Germany's formal surrender, it meant victory for Russia. By then, Hitler had been dead for two days. Thousands were taken prisoners and many disappeared forever. The provisional administration worked to restore the city's vital functions and feed its starving people. Berliners were happy that the war was over and they were still alive. The Soviet officers worked to present a better image of themselves to the Germans.
Draws on newsreels and selected archival footage to reconstruct the fierce and bloody fighting in the Berlin streets. Includes graphic images of the destruction of Berlin and its civilians, and the conditions of survivors. Aerial maps show the city and locate the Soviet advance within it. The story draws also on personal narratives of participants of the war, experiences of civilians caught up in it. With sixty years of peace, survivors now lead normal lives, and are able to forgive and forget, with time.
Original Version First released: [Germany?] : History MEDIA GmbH for ZDF in association with the History Channel [U.K.] ... [et al.], c2005. English version. [Sydney?] : SBS TV, c2005. Original released in series: Germany's war - apocalypse
System notes DVD.
Language notes Closed-captioned in English. Personal narratives/dialogues in German and Russian, with English subtitles.
Local note ERC DVD copy is recorded with: Episode 3. Hitler's lst army.
Other author Müllner, Jörg.
Greulich, Anja.
Schneider, Enjott, 1950-
Knopp, Guido, 1948-
Mueller, Felicity.
Mikhailik, Elena.
Beaumont, Natasha.
Downs, Jake.
McLennan, Keith.
Duncan, Alastair.
Subject Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953
Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹ︠i︡anska︠i︡a Krasna︠i︡a Armi︠i︡a -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- Germany
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, German
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Russian
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Bombardment, 1943-1944
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990
Local series Hitler's last army