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Prague; field surgery; London; German submarines

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.312.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3667 | Film ID: 2609

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    Prague; field surgery; London; German submarines

    Overview

    Description
    Color footage. A man waking up in a military cot (very underexposed). Two windows behind his bed provide a small amount of light for the shot. The man sits up in bed and speaks to the cameraman. Col. Zabin walks down street in Prague in his U.S. Army uniform carrying a shoulder bag. He tips his hat to the cameraman, cars in BG, and a civilian in FG. Col. Zabin boards a streetcar. He removes his helmet and tips it to the cameraman. Pan of streetcar full of civilians, Col. Zabin walks in front of the car as the camera pans, large "N" inside of a circle on streetcar. MS, pan of castle with the river below. VS of the surrounding town, horses and a groomsman, some shots of the city at twilight. END

    Black and white footage. Col. Zabin dresses himself. He sits at the edge of his cot, puts on socks, undergarments, pants, etc. He smiles somewhat awkwardly for the camera. MS, Col. Zabin with two military officers walking down street. They smile for the camera. Three servicemen walk arm in arm and smile. VS, the servicemen chat with two women, Col. Zabin exits a building with a young boy, a man, and a woman. He stands and poses outside the building with the family. Cut to a wounded man in a hospital bed. CU of his legs, very charred, a doctor with surgical mask works on the patient. CU of man's forearm with a swastika tattoo. Cut to another CU of a man's forearms, he is resting his hands on his knees, it is difficult to see clearly but there appears to be a marking on his other forearm as well. END

    In England, LS, sign outside of Tudor-style building reads: "The White Lion." Pan to another sign: "To Car Park Anells White Lion." MLS, civilians wait on a train platform, a few soldiers visible on the platform as well. Pan of the train platform. MLS, a woman and her child stand in front of advertisement posters, one is for the Abbey National Building Society (an English bank). MLS, a guard on duty in front of the Buckingham Palace, more march by. VS, city streets in and around Westminster Square, pan of buildings, windows, scaffolding, focus on Downing Street at intersection with Whitehall. LS Big Ben, pan from the clock down the tower. The square with buses, cars, and people moving about. END

    Opening credits. Degeto Schmalfilm-Schrank. "U-Boote" Film made in Germany in 194?. END
    Duration
    00:09:51
    Date
    Event:  1944-1945
    Locale
    London, England
    Prague, Czechoslovakia
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Steven Zabin
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Alexander Zabin M.D.
    Biography
    Colonel Alexander Zabin, MD was an American soldier from Malverne, Long Island, New York. As part of General Patton's 3rd Army, he served with the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group. He landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day plus 1 and worked in the first US Army field hospital set up in France. He was with the 3rd Army through the campaigns in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Czechoslovakia. Dr. Zabin returned to New York in October 1945.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Color
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    01:00:00:00 to 01:09:51:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2609 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - reversal original
      Master 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2609 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - reversal original
      Master 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2609 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - reversal original
      Master 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2609 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - reversal original
      Master 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2609 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2609 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2609 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2609 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2609 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Dr. Steven Zabin
    Conditions on Use
    The Museum does not own the copyright for this material and does not have authority to authorize third party use. For permission, please contact the rights holder, Dr. Steven Zabin.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Colonel Alexander Zabin, MD shot these 16mm color films as a U.S. Army surgeon in Europe during World War II. Col. Zabin's son Steven Zabin donated them to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in November 2002.
    Note
    This story contains a mix of amateur footage and professionally shot footage. There is a portion of German Degeto Weltspeigel title "U-Boote" attached to Dr. Zabin's amateur footage.
    Film Source
    Dr. Steven Zabin
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 3836
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:54:10
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