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Refugees, liberation, and an illegal ship (some staged)

Film | Digitized | RG Number: RG-60.3362 | Film ID: 2284

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    Refugees, liberation, and an illegal ship (some staged)


    This is a compilation reel, the title on the reel reads: "Jewish Life in Budapest", however, this title does not correspond to anything seen on the reel, except a few seconds of unidentified amateur footage, which may have been shot in Hungary. This footage contains a number of scenes from a fiction (staged) film, with Hebrew subtitles, that indicate the year as 1946 to 1948. There are also a number of scenes in concentration camps (staged or liberation: unable to confirm at time of record entry), scenes on boats, people fleeing, being captured, etc.

    Shots from behind, crowds marching in streets with suitcases. Smaller group of men and women in forests, a child is helped up a snowy hill. Women helped aboard a boat (presumably to safety). LS of boat, crowded conditions. Boat moving, man with binoculars, hair blowing in the wind. Getting off boat at shoreline, walking away from the camera. Crowds in camp (Hebrew subtitle), some people with uniforms, sick, ill, leaving camp barracks, assisted with walking. Scrambling for food. Boys and men cooking at fire, eating, in dining hall. Women doing laundry. Men receiving soup at an indoor kitchen. CU, children. Cart with people moving through a village street (dirt road). CU, VAR shots of people in wagons (in transit), sad faces, half-sleeping. Sign reads HALTE ZONE D'OCCUPATION FRANCAISE (Hebrew subtitle). Soldiers inspect wagons with flashlights. Wagons/people moving with belongings on street, through town. Train with many people waving, hanging out the windows. Israeli flag waving out of one of the windows. Joyous. Headlights, water, at night. People with luggage boarding boat, helped onto boat with all belongings. Boat embarks. Float in the water, paddling. MCU passengers on crowded boat, look confused. Waves. Front of boat rocking on water. Passengers holding on. Painting banner with Hebrew lettering. Distributing food. Cold, inclement weather. Sick woman. Blankets. Women nursing babies. Man steering boat. LS boat on water. Slow pan, boat. HAS of crowd aboard boat. MCU faces. Raising flag on boat. Boat on water. Men climbing off sides onto a dock. Pan, people getting off boat. Men. Wounded escorted by soldiers off the boat. Some on litters. Baby carried on litter. Crowds of people at the dock, watching men and women getting on and off boat. Some appear to be mentally ill. Many civilians watch.
    Event:  1946-1948
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Unknown Film Source

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    01:00:01:00 to 01:06:10:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2284 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small

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    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Unknown copyright
    Conditions on Use
    Film copyright holder is unknown. The Museum has made reasonable efforts and has not been able to identify and/or locate a copyright owner of this film. The Museum therefore places no restrictions on use of this material, but cannot provide any information to the user about the copyright owner. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used. If you have information regarding the copyright owner, please contact

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    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum discovered Film ID 165 as part of a video transfer in the Archives in 1987. The source is unknown, but notes indicate "SW contact/friend." SW most likely refers to Shaike Weinberg, founding director of the Museum. The 16mm film was transferred to video again in October 1999 as Film ID 2284.
    There is some similar footage in Story 532, Film ID 234 from Fox Movietonews (Source# 64-104); for the finished newsreel, see Story 526, Film ID 234.
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    Film Source
    Mr. Jeshajahu "Shaike" Weinberg
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 3368
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:43:53
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