Children play at a farm in the Netherlands where Rachel de Groot spent the summer of 1941

Rachel and cousin Henny Cohen spent the summer of 1941 at the farm of Steef and Bertha van der Pol in Zwartebroek when vacation opportunities for Jews were severely limited. Bertha had been the children’s nanny before 1936/7. Louis and his parents visited Rachel one day, along with cousin Florence de Groot, who spent her […]

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Annual flower parade in Arnhem

Parade in the city of Arnhem, filmed from the front of the de Groot family-owned hardware and electrical appliance shop on Rijnstraat. Merchant-owned horse-drawn carriages and automobiles adorned in flowers and filled with people drive past a large crowd on the street for the annual flower corso. People on bicycles, then young men and women […]

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Extended family visits with the de Groots in prewar Arnhem

Louis and Rachel on new bicycles in the alley adjacent to their house on Rijnstraat in Arnhem. They ride towards the camera waving. Cut to various family members in suits, along with Louis and Rachel, walking towards the camera on Rijnstraat, then in the alley, on the occasion of a visit by Meijer de Groot’s […]

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De Groot family visits Sonsbeek Park in spring 1939

A dog, then large groups of well dressed people walking in Sonsbeek Park on a pathway next to massive flowerbeds of various colors. This was the first time that flower bulbs were planted in Sonsbeek, which merited the purchase of color film by Meijer de Groot. This was the only color film he made. Sophia […]

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De Groot family walks to Sonsbeek Park; Castle Zypendaal

The de Groot family walking in Sonsbeek Park. People riding bikes. An older man (Max Turksma, Meijer de Groot’s bridge parter) with a cigar on a bicycle greets the cameraman.;Cut to a different outing in Arnhem with a view of Castle Zypendaal, the large mansion owned by Baron von Heemstra where Audrey Hepburn and her […]

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Rachel de Groot’s performance for a swimming diploma

In order to earn a swimming diploma, children were required to swim in clothes other than a bathing suit. This practice became a performance followed by the participants swimming in their fancy outfits. Meijer de Groot filmed his daughter Rachel dressed as Red Riding Hood, and her friend Nel de Booys, the daughter of the […]

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Visiting the park and the zoo in prewar Netherlands

EXT, children (much younger) walking on a ledge surrounded by large boulders in Park Sonsbeek, including Louis, Rachel, and cousin Henny Cohen. The family visits the park on the occasion of a visit by Leentje (Sophia’s oldest sister) and Alexander Cohen. Walking in the park and waving. CU, Alexander nodding. Lots of family walking towards […]

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De Groot family and friends gather for tea in Park Sonsbeek

Table and chairs set outside in summer, with the de Groot family and neighbors seated and drinking tea at Thee Schenkerij, a teagarden in Sonsbeek, probably in 1936. The neighbors owned a shoestore also on the Rijnstraat. An older man lights a cigar. Children, including Louis and Rachel, playing and crawling towards the camera. More […]

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Family visits Sonsbeek Park and the bridge across the Rhine in prewar Arnhem

Outdoors at Sonsbeek Park in Arnhem, rows of houses around a field in a square. Mansion at top of hill. Rachel picks flowers from that field. Rachel and Louis play leapfrog on the sidewalk as other de Groot family members walk towards the camera behind them. This road is on the way to Sonsbeek and […]

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Children play near the de Groot home and go swimming; extended family goes to Sonsbeek Park in prewar Arnhem

Louis sweeps a sidewalk alley adjacent to his house with a push broom. Rachel and friend Nel de Booys, the daughter of the camera shop owner who kept these films for safekeeping during the war, carry one another in the alley as Louis sweeps (slowed down). They smack at each other playfully. They then carry […]

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