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Hitler's butler's home movies; maiden voyage of KdF ship "Robert Ley"

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.3355 | Film ID: 2550

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    Hitler's butler's home movies; maiden voyage of KdF ship "Robert Ley"

    Overview

    Description
    Amateur films of Hitler's major domo - "Hausintendant" Arthur Kannenberg, some events are early 1939. Landscape in Grillenburg, an estate near the town of Tharandt which was owned by Martin Mutschmann, head of the Nazi party in the State of Saxony from 1925 until May 1945. MS, statue (bronze stag) commissioned by Mutschmann around 1937 when he had the "New Hunting Lodge" or "Neues Jägerhaus" constructed. An archway engraved with Mutschmann's image at the center. Views of the New Lodge, stone bridge and lakes, and the original lodge from 1855. Kannenberg with chimney sweeps in front of shop. Landscape - Bavaria or Austria. 01:03:26 to 01:03:45 Kannenberg in civilian clothes, in front of small unit of men, with officer. Swans, pond. Civilians including Adolf Galland fish from stone bridge. Military man in BG. Close views, several men fishing, Kannenberg & friends. 3 women present. Round faced man seen with Kannenberg & fish appears in Eva Braun's photo album captioned "Fritz-Otto," strongly resembles Gauleiter of Saxony, Martin Mutschmann, "the most hated man in Dresden," according to Victor Klemperer's diary.

    01:07:20 German Intertitle: "Im Flugzeug begaben wir uns nach Hamburg zum K.d.F. Schiff 'Robert Ley'" 01:07:26 INT of airplane. Intertitle: "Die Dame mit dem Herrn Hut ist Frau Freda" Poor quality. Men are in uniform. Aerial views. D-AVAU markings on airplane; part of Hitler's personal air fleet. "In Hamburg wurde die kleine Reisegesellschaft photographiert" [In Hamburg, the little travel party is photographed.] Officers & women pose for pictures, next to plane on field. 01:08:26 Name on airplane nose: General von Hoeppner. Pan along plane & people. Red swastika. 01:09:01 "Unsere Fahrt auf dem K.d.F. Schiff 'Robert Ley'" Scenes on deck, including close views of Kannenberg & wife Freda. 01:09:47 "Meine Frau, Frl. Gerda und Frl. Grete genannt "Frau Graefin"" [My wife, Miss Gerda, & Miss Grete a.k.a. Mrs.'Count''] 01:10:44 "Dada flirtet" Hitler's secretary, Gerda Daranowski, on deck with man, looking at harbor. "Hamburg" Ship accompanied by destroyers 51 & 52. Hamburg harbor. "Unser Kapitaen Bauer" [Our Captain Bauer] [Hitler's personal pilot, Hans Bauer] in uniform on deck 01:12:50 "Der Fuehrer und seine Gaeste werden ausgebootet, um die Insel Helgoland zu besuchen" [The Fuehrer & his guests change boats to visit the island of Helgoland] Smaller boat with VIPs filmed from ship. Hitler visible momentarily top of frame at 01:13:52. "Familie Reichsminister Kerrl sonnt sich" (No scenes follow)

    Note: Maiden voyage of KdF (Kraft durch Freude/ Strength through Joy) ship "Robert Ley" was end of March/beginning of April 1939. Hitler, Bormann, Sepp Dietrich, other Nazi leaders were on board.
    Duration
    00:14:05
    Date
    Event:  1939
    Locale
    Hamburg, Germany
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Claranne Bechtler
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Arthur Kannenberg
    Biography
    Arthur Kannenberg was "Hausintendant" (house manager/major domo) to Adolf Hitler from mid-1930s to his end in the bunker in Berlin. Surviving Hitler Begleitkommando Rochus Misch gave personal testimony re. Kannenberg's having two nieces and no daughters. (c.2003 in Berlin)

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Color
    Image Quality
    Fair
    Time Code
    01:00:00:00 to 01:14:05:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - B-wind
      Master 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - B-wind
      Master 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - B-wind
      Master 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - B-wind
      Master 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2550 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2550 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2550 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2550 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
    • User
    • User 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - small
      User 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - workprint
      User 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - small
      User 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - workprint
      User 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - small
      User 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - workprint
      User 2550 Video: Betacam SP - color - small
      User 2550 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - workprint

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Claranne Bechtler, the daughter of John Christopher Bechtler, donated her father's film materials to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 1995 [Accession Number 1995.A.875]. Most of these items were deaccessioned in March 2000; 18 reels of film, however, were transferred to the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and were never officially deaccessioned or removed from the Museum's premises. They were officially "donated" again by Mrs. Bechtler in June 2003 with the Accession Number 2003.122.
    Note
    Handwritten title from original film can: "Fatso". Bechtler Collection Tape #6
    Film Source
    Ms. Claranne M. Bechtler
    John C. Bechtler
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 3357
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:06:50
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