Blue Bandanas in the Summer Wind

(Blaue Wimpel im Sommerwind)

GDR, 1952, 52 min, Color
In German; no subtitles
Music (Score)


This film documents the Young Pioneers’ Meeting in 1952, where a variety of events are staged for the East German youth and presented in episodes. Young people build a glider at a summer camp on the Baltic Sea, take a trip with the sailboat school Wilhelm Pieck in Rostock, have a competition in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, take an expedition of the Havel River, and visit the Thomas-Müntzer-City in Mühlhausen. The high point is the Young Pioneer Convention in Dresden and the re-christening as the Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organization.


A song written for this film by author Franz Fühmann, “Die Heimat hat sich schön gemacht und Tau blitzt ihr im Haar” (“Homeland has made herself beautiful, and dew glistens in her hair”) became an East German folk song (music by Gerd Natschinski).

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