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Baker Family Collection

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2006.265.2
Collection Summary
Ross Baker was a chemistry professor on sabbatical at the University of Vienna with his wife Helen and three of his five sons. As American non-Jews, the Bakers were outsiders to the events they witnessed and captured rare scenes on film showing the outburst of antisemitic attacks that occurred as soon as the Nazis took power in Austria. Helen wrote in a diary about what was happening in Vienna and admits that she did not expect to be in the middle of a world-changing event. Ross Baker filmed nearly thirty minutes of activities. In one sequence, Helen walks up to a shop only to be turned away by a SA man. The two reels of 16 mm film contradict any attempt to portray Austria as “Hitler’s first victims.”
Credit
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Stan Baker
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Vienna scenes; Helen Baker; dogs

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4551 | Film ID: 2828

Event Date
October 1937 to April 1938

Skiing vacation in Austria

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4552 | Film ID: 2828

Event Date
October 1937 to April 1938

Crowds in Vienna during Anschluss; Hitler motorcade and at Hotel Imperial

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4553 | Film ID: 2828

Event Date
March-April 1938

Boycott of Jewish shops

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4554 | Film ID: 2828

Event Date
1938 March

Election propaganda; Loos Haus

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4555 | Film ID: 2828

Event Date
March-April 1938

Linz; Vienna

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4556 | Film ID: 2829

Event Date
1938 March

Munich: Nazi memorials

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4557 | Film ID: 2829

Event Date
October 1937

Hitler's visit to Rome, May 1938

Film | Accession Number: 2006.265.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4558 | Film ID: 2829

Event Date
1938 May
 
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