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Ellen Rose Regenstreif Film Collection

Film Collection
Collection Summary
A collection of twenty reels of 16mm film dating from 1936 to 1943 illustrating the daily life of a prominent Austrian family named Regenstreif and Illich. The films were taken under the name Maexie. Ellen (Maexie) Regenstreif Illich (1901-1965) came from a family of converted Sephardic Jews who had settled in Germany. Her industrialist father, Fritz (Pucki) Regenstreif (1868-1941), had a lumber business in Bosnia where he owned a sawmill at Zavidovic. He also owned an Art Nouveau villa on the outskirts of Vienna in Pötzleinsdorf built by Friedrich Ohmann. Piero Ilic (1890-1942) came from a landed family in Dalmatia, Yugoslavia with property in Split and extensive wine and olive oil producing estates on the island of Brac. Ellen and Piero married in 1925 and established a home in Split. There was a resurgence of anti-foreign and anti-Jewish sentiment in Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav government made claims against her father as a landowner in Bosnia at the International Court in the Hague, so in 1932, Ellen returned to her father's villa in Vienna with their three children: Ivan (1926-2002), Michael (Micha) (b. 1928), and Alexander (Sascha) (1928-2009). The boys never saw their father again; Piero died of natural causes in Split in July 1942. After the death of Ellen's father on May 8, 1941 and the forced sale of his splendid home to the Nazis in 1942, Ellen moved with the children to Florence, Italy by way of Split, where they lived for three months. In Nazi Austria, Ellen was considered an ethnic Jew although she was a baptized Christian, and the children were classified as half-Jewish. The films were kept in a wooden cabinet in the basement of Sascha's New York home from 1961 to 2006, when they were preserved by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Credit
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yvonne Illich
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Family life in Vienna, 1936

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1240 | Film ID: 2911

Event Date
1936

Illich family activities in 1936

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1241 | Film ID: 2911

Event Date
1936

Illich family activities in 1937

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1242 | Film ID: 2911

Event Date
January-September 1937

Illich family activities in 1938

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1243 | Film ID: 2912

Event Date
1938

Theatrical revue staged by Illich family and friends

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1244 | Film ID: 2912

Event Date
1936-1938?

Villa Regenstreif in Vienna

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1245 | Film ID: 2912

Event Date
circa 1937-1938

Illich family activities in 1939

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1246 | Film ID: 2912

Event Date
1939

Illich family visits Salzburg

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1247 | Film ID: 2912

Event Date
1939

Illich family activities in 1940

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1248 | Film ID: 2913

Event Date
1940

Illich family activities in 1941 to 1942 including forced sale of villa

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1249 | Film ID: 2913

Event Date
1941-1942

Touring Austria for Maexie's birthday

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1250 | Film ID: 2913

Event Date
1936

Vienna tourist sites

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1251 | Film ID: 2913


Illich family escapes to Florence, 1943

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1252 | Film ID: 2913

Event Date
1943

Illich family visits Bad Gastein, 1936

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1253 | Film ID: 2914

Event Date
1936 August 08

Illich family visits Bad Gastein, 1936

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1254 | Film ID: 2914

Event Date
1936 August 08

Illich family visits Bad Gastein, 1937

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1255 | Film ID: 2914

Event Date
1937 July

Illich family visits the Dolomites, 1937

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1256 | Film ID: 2914

Event Date
1937

Illich family tours Italy, 1937

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1257 | Film ID: 2914

Event Date
1937
 
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