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Postwar: Barn in Woodstock, NY

Film | Accession Number: 2002.182.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3401 | Film ID: 2499

EXT, MS, Kurt Sluizer wearing a red plaid barn jacket and hat, walking up to pet a horse, pan to a large sheepdog named Toby running in the grass towards Esther Sluizer coming out of the house to their yard in Zena, NY, near the artist colony of Woodstock. Kurt is the brother of Hilde Verdoner-Sluizer and brother-in-law to the cameraman, Gerrit Verdoner. Kurt and Esther left Europe in 1936, thereby escaping the Holocaust. They lived first in Pueblo, Colorado, and then in Zena. Kurt was an oil painter, Esther a nurse and a weaver. Their home dates to colonial times, originally a roadside inn. They kept a horse and an English sheepdog named Toby. Esther smiles and plays with the dog. Cut to MCU of horse tethered to a tree in the yard. Kurt feeds the horse, and poses for the camera. CU, muzzle of horse as he feeds. CU, Kurt. MS, pan of white wood frame house and yard, a car is parked in the drive next to the house. VS, the sheep dog, Toby. Pan of hillside behind the home, Kurt getting water from a well for the horse. Dog relaxing on the grass. Cut to INT of home, sequence is underlit, difficult to make out anything but shadows and the light from the windows. Cut back to Kurt working outside and in the barn. Pan of landscape, house and barn. MS, Toby running toward camera. MS, Esther approaching camera, stops to play with dog.

Event:  1946-1947
Zena, NY, United States
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Francisca Verdoner Kan, Otto Verdoner, and Yoka Verdoner
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:12
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