Public humiliation for violation of racial laws in Silesia, 1941

Public humiliation of a young couple guilty of “Rassenschande” [racial shame or racial defilement] in Steinsdorf [present day Scinawa Nyska, Poland] in Silesia. Sexual relations between Germans and non-Aryans were forbidden and punishable by law in Nazi Germany. Bronia, a 16 year old Polish slave laborer, had been working with Gerhard Greschok (Krzeszczok), a 19 […]

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US Army 31st Tank Battalion soldier’s wartime movies in Europe and Washington, DC

Silent amateur footage taken by Stephan Minovich, a US Army soldier and member of the HQ 31st Tank Battalion. Footage shows homefront scenes in Minovich’s hometown of Washington, DC with his wife and family, wartime scenes in England, Germany, and possibly France and Czechoslovakia circa 1944-45, and the liberation of a concentration camp.;Minovich family posing […]

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Jacoby family in Biecz and other small towns in SE Poland

Traveling shot of Biecz, Poland (near Krakow). CUs, Grandmother and Grandfather Jacoby. Family portrait: Mark Jacoby (donor) stands at the left with his Grandmother and Grandfather seated, and his cousin, Ciela (12), next to his brother, Willis. Cousin playing. CU, Ciela and her mother. Family poses again. Various shots of Biecz homes and establishments. A […]

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Sam Rafel visits his hometown of Gombin in 1937

Footage depicts a 1937 trip to Gombin, Poland (123 km northwest of Warsaw) shot by Sam Rafel. All identifications are from the website of Ada Holtzman, a member of the Gombin Society. The first shot is a grainy, dark interior shot of a crowd of people. This might be the crowd that assembled for Sam […]

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Visiting Jacob Herz’s father & relatives in Wola, Poland

Family footage of the Herz family vacation in Europe in 1937. Footage shows images of Jewish-American life before World War II with its European roots.;Herz family visiting the farm of Jacob’s father, Israel, in Wola, Poland. Shots of the farm, house, and family. The Polish Herz family poses in front of their home with children. […]

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Visiting Jacob Herz’s father & relatives in Wola, Poland

COLOR family footage of the Herz family vacation in Europe in 1937. Footage shows images of Jewish-American life before World War II with its European roots.;In Wola, Polish Herz children (either Geitel, b. April 13, or Esther, b. March 17) with their American cousins, Belle (age 14) and Judith (age 12). The children wear babushkas […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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The Cummings Collection, no. 8 – Leavell Ranch (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family visiting the a dude ranch in the mountains of Colorado, Leavell Ranch, around the time that El Paso’s Leavell family purchased the ranch. The Cummings hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the sites of the area, including rivers and forests, as they ride on horseback through the […]

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 75 – Fishing in Seabrook, Texas (1974)

This home movie captures scenes of Dr. Freeman taking a group of young men on a fishing trip in Seabrook, Texas. On a large boat, the men catch fish and crabs, enjoy the water, and visit. Later, they sit together in the Freemans’ backyard and clean their catches, then have a fish fry.

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