Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

An Einem Sonntag Im Sommer 1942

The following film was made in Berlin in the beautiful summer of 1942. And it has everything that one would hope to see in such material: sunny streets, lovely sightseeing spots, happy and smiling people heading for the lakes, small kids playing with their mums and dads at the baths.

What the film does not show – how could it have? – were the 57 out of the 123 so called “Alterstransporte” to the camps and ghettos of Theresienstadt, Minsk and Auschwitz which took place between June 1, 1942 and August 31, 1942 from Berlin only.

Each of those 57 groups sent there by train consisted of around 100 elderly Jewish people.

By May 1945 only 7,000 out of Berlin´s 66,000 Jews will still be alive.

2 comments on “An Einem Sonntag Im Sommer 1942

  1. leahtrangen
    May 2, 2016


    I am a researcher working on a documentary film and we are interested in using some of the footage from this video in our film. Do you have any idea where it came from? I couldn’t find any information on the source on Della Street’s account, and they haven’t posted a video in years so it seems unlikely that they will respond if I try to contact them. This is a shot in the dark, but any direction would be appreciated.


    • notmsparker
      May 3, 2016

      Hi Leah,

      The film was made for and by the Deutsche Wochenschau GmbH in 1942 and is part of the Bundesarchiv collection today. Here are all the details I could find. Hope that helps and good luck with your project!

      Greetings from Berlin-Kreuzberg,


      Zeit im Bild: Sommersonntag in Berlin (1942)
      Produktion: Deutsche Wochenschau GmbH, Berlin / Regie: Albert Baumeister / Kamera:
      Albert Endrejat, Heinz Sasse
      Zensur: 19.10.1942, Film-Prüfstelle Berlin, Nr. 57748, 35mm, s/w, 446 m, Jugendfrei,
      künstlerisch wertvoll, volksbildend
      Kopie: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, 35mm. s/w, 434 m (= 15’52”)2


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