The passenger ships Wilhelm Gustloff and Robert Ley were built in 1938–39 for the German state organization Kraft durch Freude, KdF. The organization would arrange cruise trips for the German people. But the ships soon became part of the German Navy. Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed in 1945 and more than 9,000 people died. Robert Ley was bombed by British aircraft in Hamburg the same year and was dismantled in Britain in 1947.
The film sequence is from Robert Ley's premiere tour and shows, among other things, the ship's luxurious interior and an unexpected visit.