Feldzug in Polen
Feldzug in Polen (The Campaign in Poland) is a 69 minute Nazi propaganda film depicting the 1939 invasion of Poland and directed by Fritz Hippler. Portraying the Poles as aggressors and ethnic Germans living in Poland as an oppressed minority, the film alleges that the Poles employed unheroic tactics in the war and characterizes as senseless the defence of a besieged Warsaw. The film was often screened by German minorities overseas to clarify the German point of view. The Gleiwitz incident was part of Operation Himmler run by the SS and SD to justify German aggression. It involved dressing Nazi concentration camp prisoners as Polish soldiers who apparently attacked a German radio station. The prisoners were murdered by the SS/SD, appearing to have been shot by heroic German defenders. Other parts of Operation Himmler involved terrorist attacks on the Polish Railways and attacks by ethnic Germans on Polish property.
French involvement was de-emphasized, in order to present Great Britain, in its attempt to encircle Germany, as the villain, to justify the Nazi-Soviet pact. Polish provocations finally resulted in the blitzkrieg, led by Hitler; Poles were sometimes depicted as brave, to emphasize the German triumph.
Its premiere was held in the Berlin Ufa-Palast um Zoo, usually used by Goebbels to present important films. It received massive media support and was officially described as "valuable from a political viewpoint," "artistically valuable," "educational for the nation," and "a film of instruction.
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|Hippler Propaganda films
Feldzug in Polen (1940)
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- Information on the film from International Historic Films
- Feldzug in Polen at the Internet Movie Database
- Feldzug in Polen Full-length (1h 09m) original film at Google Video. German narration
- Feldzug in Polen Shortened version of the film at Google Video (only 33 minutes, less than a half of the original length, missing scenes of meeting of the German and Russian soldiers after the Russian aggression on Poland). Contemporary English narration.