A Defeated People

A Defeated People is a historical short documentary which was released in 1946 by the Crown Film Unit, the film depicts the shattered state of Germany after the second World War, both physically and as a society. What makes this film interesting is that the overall tone of it is one of sympathy towards the german people rather than the typical attitude of blame, which was more common for the time.

The opening scenes present us with a vastly devastated urban wasteland occupied by the miseries of those who were displaced during the conflict on home soil. The narration outlines some of the troubles which lie ahead of Germany with regards to rebuilding infrastructure and education systems. The film also inadvertently reveals a somewhat darker side to the British occupation after disclosing the fact that many Germans on living on near-starvation rations (1,000 – 1,200) per day.

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