The Day of German Art, Festival, München, July 1939

The footage here is from the spectacular National Socialist pageant called the Day of German Art, held in München on the weekend of 14-16 July, 1939. The festival extolled the roots of Germanic culture down through the ages and the original German character, and reflect the power and grandeur of the Third Reich.

The Germanic tribes were brave, warlike, generous and noble minded; their pagan religion was based on the natural cycle and worship of the Sun as a symbol of ever renewed life — the meaning of the Swastika. Their cardinal virtues included: loyalty to the family and clan, heroism in the face of death, readiness for battle, and closeness to the soil. These warrior values of the Nordic spirit find symbolic expression in the Nibelungenlied and other sagas; in the cult of Valhalla, and in the Viking ships which expressed the fearlessness, love of adventure, of booty, and the freedom residing in the ancestral spirit. These Nordic sagas are in fact the religion of the Germanic people and a reminder of its unbroken racial continuity and strength.

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