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Commemoration ceremony of the United Nations with film material from EFG1914 on Tuesday, 8 July 2014, at the UN headquarters in New York

The Deutsches Filminsitut, co-ordinator of the European film digitisation project about the First World War, EFG1914, and its European partners welcome the appreciation of their work by the United Nations.

With a ceremonial event, the United Nations commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight (6:30 pm local time) in New York. The event will be the only commemoration of WW1 that will bring all the Member States of the United Nations together. A clip with film material digitised by the EFG1914 partners will be shown to several hundred international diplomatic representatives as introduction to the event. European film archives participating in the EFG1914 digitisation project provided the trailer to the UN. It shows original footage from and about WW1, which was digitised with support by the European Commission over the last two years. EFG1914 has digitised more then 700 hours of historic film material and made these available online for the first time on the European Film Gateway and on Europeana.

Organised by the Permanent Missions of France and Germany, the event commemorates the tragedy of the First World War and sends out a joint message of peace and reconciliation through a speech by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. „We very much appreciate that footage from the valuable films digitised by EFG1914 partners can now be seen on the central commemoration event of the United Nations“, says Claudia Dillmann, Director of the Deutsches Filminstitut.

A live webcast of the event will be available 8 July 2014 at 18:30 EDT (0:30 CEST):

New corresponding Hitler postcard found

Two days after the soldier Adolf Hitler wrote this postcard to his comrade Karl Lanzhammer telling him about avisit to the dentist, he wrote another one on 21 December 1916 about the painful visit, where he claims 19 of his teeth were extracted.

The second postcard surfaced in Bavaria, just like the first one, which was discovered in 2012 during Europeana’s Family History Roadshow in Munich.

Dated 21 December 1916, the recently discovered correspondence was again addressed to Lanzhammer, who was in the same regiment as Hitler in the war in France. After an evaluation of the dictator’s dental records, it is possible that Hitler may have exaggerated the episode, as only 15 teeth were believed to have been removed, according to German newspaper Münchner Merkur, which broke the news about the postcard. However, the procedure provides an explanation as to why Hitler was not at the front from early October 1916 to early March 1917.

The recently-discovered postcard is privately owned. The owner received the card from his father, who fought in World War Two with a relative of Lanzhammer, and received the card from him.

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