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Unsere heimkehrenden Kriegsgefangenen, Wetzlar 1919   [Original Title]

Our Prisoners of War Return, Wetzlar 1919   [Title Translation]
Country of Origin: Germany
Year of origin: 1919
Genre: Documentary film
Locations of shooting: Wetzlar (Hesse, Germany)

Director: Oskar Barnack
Production company: Leitz-Film (Wetzlar)

The arrival of soldiers returning from the war at Wetzlar train station. A crowd of people is waiting for the arrival of the soldiers. Because the train is arriving from Cologne, the former POWs, not only from Wetzlar, but from the entire district, are likely returning from France. A military band of the Reichswehr welcomes the arrivals, women present them with flowers. A banner reads: "Mission accomplished". The returning soldiers are supplied with food by a field kitchen near the station.

Since the 1910s, Oskar Barnack – inventor of the "Leica" – has documented the activities around Wetzlar with his self-constructed camera. He filmed floods and town fairs, medical experiments, sporting events and the company that employed him as a chief engineer: the Optical Works Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar. His films are the cadre of a film archive that gives local history the same importance as the results of major historic events.

Version 1
Language: n/a
Sound: Silent film
Aspect: 1:1,33
Duration: 6 min 2 sec

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