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Capt. Robert Charles Gale Collection

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2013.22.1
Collection Summary
Captain Robert Charles Gale served with the U.S. 4th Infantry Division from 1942 to 1946. While stationed at Berchtesgaden in spring 1945 he came into possession of five 16mm films which were donated to the Museum by his daughter and son-in-law. Two films, which are of excellent visual quality, show Hitler Youth (HJ) in training at a camp in Groedig, Austria. While most HJ films demonstrate a highly propagandistic and staged perspective, these films have a more intimate feel, containing numerous close-ups with what seem to be authentic physical fitness and trust-building exercises. One rare segment shows a game of Battle Ball, a popular sport among Nazis, which one Museum historian had never before seen depicted on film. Four additional 16mm films (42 minutes) from the Captain Robert Charles Gale Collection were preserved, including Nazi propaganda films showing Hitler Youth visiting Japan, the League of German Girls on a 1938 trip to Austria, and the 1934 eugenics film Erbkrank about "hereditarily diseased" individuals, such as the mentally handicapped and Jews.
Credit
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of James and Barbara Gatti
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Training at a Hitler Youth camp

Film | Accession Number: 2013.22.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1381 | Film ID: 2963

Event Date
after 1939?
Training at a Hitler Youth camp

Officers oversee training and exercises at a Hitler Youth camp

Film | Accession Number: 2013.22.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1382 | Film ID: 2964

Event Date
after 1939?
Officers oversee training and exercises at a Hitler Youth camp

Hitler Youth visit Egypt and Japan

Film | Accession Number: 2013.22.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1538 | Film ID: 3911

Event Date
Summer or Fall 1938?

Hitler Youth tour Japan

Film | Accession Number: 2013.22.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1539 | Film ID: 3912

Event Date
Summer or Fall 1938?

Bund Deutscher Maedel in Ostmark

Film | Accession Number: 2013.22.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1540 | Film ID: 3913

Event Date
June-November 1938

Nazi propaganda film on eugenics

Film | Accession Number: 2013.22.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1541 | Film ID: 3914

Event Date
1937
 
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