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Published date: 1 April 2016

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom. This curious film shows the haunting paintings of children growing up in Berlin, only two years after the wall went up.

You could use this footage to start a classroom discussion about the nature of film as historical evidence. Students could consider questions such as:

Who do you think might have made the film?

Why do you think this film was made?

Who might have been the audience for this film?

Could this film be described as propaganda? If so, why?

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