© DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst
The Newsreels 1946-1980 collection offers an interesting glimpse into daily events in East Germany and paints a picture of everyday reality in an East Bloc country during the Cold War. It features segments of the newsreels Eyewitness (Der Augenzeuge) series, produced by the East German DEFA Studios from 1946 to 1980. These segments, lasting approximately 1-3 minutes each, featured national and international news, as well as cultural and special interest stories. The weekly program (only bi-weekly 1957-1961) was screened in movie theaters before the main film.