Mysteries in the Archives: 1937 Crash of the Hindenburg

Mysteries in the Archives: 1937 Crash of the Hindenburg

| 26 min

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!

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  • idea
    Serge Viallet
    Cédric Lépée
  • series director
    Serge Viallet
  • director
    Serge Viallet
  • editor
    Alexandre Auque
  • assistant editor
    Vanessa Bozza
  • editing intern
    Thomas Fioretti
  • graphic design
    Stéphanie Mée
  • historical research
    Cedric Gruat
  • musical illustration
    Niels Poux
  • credit sequence design
    Philippe Truffault
  • credit sequence production
    Philippe Truffault
  • credit sequence editor
    François Labat
  • translator
    Dana Burns Westberg
  • narrator
    Dana Burns Westberg
  • documentalist
    Michael Dolan
  • sound design
    Laurent Thomas
    Jean-François Gasnier
  • mix
    Laurent Thomas
    Jean-François Gasnier
  • colour correction
    Rémi Berge
  • production manager
    Thierry Ippolito
  • production assistant
    Vincent Encontre
    Armelle Jayet
  • commissioning editor
    Elisabeth Hulten
  • administrator
    Yasmine Boucherat
  • producer
    Florence Fanelli