“History is not about the facts. It is about the context and who is telling the story.” —Prof. Milton Fine.
quoted in Gerhard Stahr, Volksgemeinschaft vor der Leinwand? Der nationaloszialistische Film und sein Publikum. p. 126-127.
The film S A MANN BRAND was shown in the film theatres a relatively long time ago. But it is indisputable that at the time of its appearance (1933) it should have had less effect than it can have today. At that time, the unheard–of experience of the National Socialist upheaval was still underway, and people were not yet at a distance from things in order to fully understand their essence and their effect on the big picture.
Today, however, we are already in the middle of building up the new Reich, and we are so far from the struggle for power that we can judge it from a different point of view than we did then. But therefore it seems more necessary than ever to bring back the victims of the SA men and the memory of their efforts. Already the realization: So far along is our current state of peaceful creation that for us the struggle time is past -– this knowledge is already worth pulling the film back from oblivion again. But what is even more important for us is to design around the film a National Socialist commemorative ceremony for the victims — for the unknown SA men. Like almost no other film, it has the necessity to do so, and everywhere today the SA is available to the local groups, which is called to do this service in its name. Where an SA man brings his own experience and can give the evening the sound of personal memories, then you should take this up. With this film, all film department managers are given the opportunity to put the SA spirit of then and now back into the foreground, in cooperation with their SA. This cannot be compared to a normal film theatre and at the same time means the best National Socialist propaganda work. It must be pointed out, however, that it is fundamentally wrong to underline the political tendency in pre-propaganda, not just with this film but generally, since it is a well-known fact that the majority of the people who still need to be captured by National Socialist propaganda refuse to take part in such an event, even if they suspect such a tendency.
It is important that you first capture as many of your peers as possible and then impress them in a propagandistic way. As a rule, they had to find out afterwards that their distrust was absolutely unjustified and that it would have brought them a great experience.
Since the framework setting and the film itself must also grab hold the last of the other comrades, in this case it is unnecessary to introduce special introductory words to attune and align.
Framework Settings (for a small cinema space)
(from Party Comrade Annelies Schröder, Dresden)
Prelude (through the SA and HJ)
SA songs (LP recordings) played lightly
Party official -core slogans, blended with music played lightly:
“The Führer to his People: We are not among those who simply rely on the hereafter. We want to work, we want to be active, we want to fight for our people, nothing is given to us.”
Drums (music blends out)
Speaker: (when possible from the SA or HJ):
“When we find ourselves in such an hour, speech must be clear and true!
There is no need to stir up what we have already forgotten. But we want to measure today by the past!”
“As our songs sound throughout the land, when German Youth can laugh again!
When honor, loyalty, belief bind our hearts to this home, to this land!
Then we thank you who stood before us!
The fist tightly stretched around our flag!
Out of the darkness of those dark days we march for a free Fatherland!
Then we thank you, who suffered from hunger, misunderstood, mocked, ridiculed!
Then we thank you for those who died,
killed by cowardly bands of murderers,
You are the role model that guides us!
In our will we see the strength of
those with the purity of their faith
all of us have created a peaceful homeland !
So it was the SA yesterday and it is tomorrow,
that steadfastly carries the Leader's flag,
which after the time of struggle, death and need and misery
strikes German masts today. "
Loudspeaker music becomes loud, song is played to the end, with the hall becoming dark.
Movie SA Mann Brand
Hall brightens up.
Announcing drum rolls, the spectators are standing.
“We greet the Leader and vow:
His Will be our Want!
His Want be our Deed!
Sieg Heil……. ”