This WWI documentary film was underwritten by the Chicago Tribune, which had previously set up a newsreel service devoted to wartime coverage. At a time when many Americans were ambivalent about taking sides in the European conflict (the sinking of the Lusitania notwithstanding), films told from Germany's point of view were quite popular. Several of these films drew heavily upon footage shot by Tribune cameraman Edwin F. Weigle, who remained in Europe with his German relatives until America's entry into the war. At least two full-length documentaries -- Germany in Wartime and The German Side of the War -- were comprised almost exclusively of Weigle's film work. When the latter feature was shown in New York, the lines into the theater extended for four blocks, according to film historian Terry Ramsaye. To take the pro-German curse off the film, half of its proceeds were donated to a fund for blind and crippled Allied soldiers.
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