Balaton II

Vacation to Lake Balaton. Passengers walk from train station past small cottages. Poolside scene: multiple pools with children, teenagers, mixed group with adults wading. Child with red inner tube learns to swim; group of young men throws soccer ball. Particular attention paid to trio of women in black bathing suits and woman with white hair.

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Sylvester 1939-40 Im gastlichen Hause

Home movie of a German family New Year’s Eve celebration. [in color] Handwritten and illustrated title card: “Sylvester 1939-40 Im gastlichen Hause Dr. Krake. E.H.” (“New Year’s Eve 1939-40 in the hospitable house of Dr. Krake” followed by the initials “E.H.”). [switches to b&w at 0:04] Men and women in party hats sit around a

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Besuch in der Aug. Bebel Str./Rainers Geburtstag/Weihnachten 1955

Home movie from East Germany. Handwritten title card: “Besuch in der August Bebel Str. August 1955” (Visit at August Bebel Street, August 1955). Children play board game on small outdoor balcony; adults come outside, pose for camera. View of surrounding apartment buildings and trees. Boy deals out cards; others fool around for camera. [3:49 change

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Sylvester 1955 bei Fischers

Home movie of an East German family New Year’s Eve celebration. Views of model railroad. Guests sit around table and toast one another with champagne glasses. Young boys wear funny hats and costume noses. Adults drink, smoke, converse, and eat. All link arm and sway back and forth singing. Boy serves pickles to adults from

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Die Vernaschung der Spielkasse in der Sächs. Schweiz Mai 1956

Home movie of East German family vacations. [in b&w] Handwritten title card: “Die Vernaschung der Spielkasse in der Sächs. Schweiz Mai 1956” (Eating up our spending money in Saxon Switzerland [?], May 1956). Two families walk downhill towards camera on path; father and friend wear matching leather trench coats. View of mountain or rock formation.

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Osterreise nach Schwarzburg 1957/Ein Besuch auf dem Kyffhäuser 1957

Home movie of East German family vacations. Handwritten title card: “Osterreise nach Schwarzburg 1957” (Easter trip to Schwarzburg, 1957). [in color] Man with camera standing among evergreen trees takes photos while smoking. Group of people with walking sticks sit near monument while man photographs. Close-up of inscription on monument read “Quelle der Schwarza” (Source of

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Das 2. Mal in Kl. Zicker + Thiessow August 1957

Home movie of an East German family vacation to the Baltic Sea. Handwritten and illustrated title card:: “Das 2. Mal in Kl. Zicker + Thiessow August 1957” (The second time in Klein Zicker and Thiessow, August 1957). View of a Strandkorb, a traditional wicker canopied beach chair. Mother holds robe over opening to create a

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Der letzte Schnee in der Dübener Heide März 1958/Omi Pfeifers 70. Geburtstag 1958

Home movie from East Germany. Handwritten title card:: “Der letze Schnee in der Dübener Heide März 1958” (Last snow on the Düben Heath, 1958). Snowfall in forest; family plays with sled. Extended snowball fight. [3:51] Title card: “Omi Pfeifers 70. Geburtstag 1958” (Grandma Pfeifer’s 70th Birthday, 1958). Guests enter birthday party and bow to the

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Picknick im Eisenberger Walde Juni 1959/Mama 40 Papa 45

Home movie of an East German family picnic and two birthday parties. Handwritten title card: “Picknick im Eisenberger Walde 1959” (Picnic in the Eisenberg Forest 1959). Family members blow up inflatable rafts or mats near convertible car in forest meadow; pose for camera while picnicking, children wear sun visor and sunglasses. [change of scene to

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Brockenaufstieg Rübeland/Elbfahrt m. Lübkens 1959

Home movie of an East German family vacation to the Brocken (in the Harz Mountains), Rübeland, and along the Elbe River. Family clambers on rocks in forest; mother and daughter show off souvenirs: decorated cowbell necklace and small figurine or ornament of witch riding broomstick. Building at base of mountains with sign: “Rübeland Tropfsteinhöhlen” (“Rübeland

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