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Mysteries in the Archives: 1937 Crash of the Hindenburg

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As night fell near in Lakehurst, New Jersey, near New York City, on May 6, 1937, the German dirigible the Hindenburg exploded. Four different newsreel company cameramen filmed one of the biggest scoops in the history of scoops. Was it an accident or a terrorist attack? We’ll never know, but what were four cameramen doing in Lakehurst as night took away the light, and rain fell? 

All four scoops are deciphered and analyzed – as is the canny use of the new media for the American promotion of a dirigible brandishing the Nazi swastika. The Hindenburg had been forbidden to fly over England and France!

2007, 26 min 01 s

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