London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
This film is part of Free
East End Bids Farewell to the Fuhrer
Crowds carry a mock coffin of Adolf Hitler through the streets of Stratford while the Union Flag and bunting hang defiant above the WW2 rubble.
From the collection of:
Splendid colour scenes of VE celebrations in east London show locals turning out in force to rejoice at the end of the war in Europe. The most notable event is the coffin of 'Adolf Hitler' being carried through the crowd, with both kids and adults trying to squeeze in front of the camera. The film further documents the widespread destruction caused by the pitiless onslaught from the skies, with evocative shots of the wreckage of cottages, a mansion and even a church.
This film is from the collection of Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives.