“History is not about the facts. It is about the context and who is telling the story.” —Prof. Milton Fine.
"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." –– George Orwell in his novel "1984."
At a meeting oif all German film studio Production Chiefs and film studio Heads on 30 April 1942 in Berlin, Reichsfilmintendant Fritz Hippler noted that the film Der 5. Juni was proposed by the Ufa studio to be given its world premiere at that year's Venice Film Festival, along with Veit Harlan's Agfacolor film Die goldene Stadt, Hansen's Die große Liebe, the biopic Diesel and the musical Hab mich lieb.
Instead, this film was banned just days before its intended premiere in November, 1942, due to the changed war situation. The film started production in late 1941 but not completed until May, 1942, in both occupied France and in Germany, with additional scenes filmed in the Ufa studios in Babelsberg. The story was about a young junior officer, played by Joachim Brennecke, who has to deal with a hostile supervisor, played by Carl Raddatz, who blames the young soldier for the death of another soldier, and their reconciliation during a dangerous field manoveur during the invasion of France. The film also starred Karl Ludwig Diehl in the role of a Generalmajor and Gisela Uhlen as Raddatz' fianceé.
A drawing of Director Fritz Kirchhoff made in 1942 (the same year as Der 5. Juni was produced) by the renowned artist Fritz Meisel. The sketch is in our Collection. Both Kirchhoff and Meisel signed the sketch.
The film was being advertised in the film press, such as the popular FILMWELT magazine, and a premiere announced. The film poster shown here, along with a second poster, was printed and a "Werberatschlag" cinema owner's brochure of dot matrix newspaper ads, background information, press materials, and advertising copy was distributed (also in this Collection) and over two dozen B&W stills produced (also in this Collection).
One of the stills from the film is shown here: