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VE Day in Paris

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.541.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3546 | Film ID: 2513

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    VE Day in Paris

    Overview

    Description
    Slate: "VE Day / Mainzer / Roll 1 / May 8". Scenes of massive VE day celebration in Paris. French civilians. American soldiers and WACs parading in the streets. Crowds of people, especially women and soldiers. Medium shot of soldier with film camera hugging French woman, standing on military vehicle. More crowds, celebrating, with flags. Slate: "VE Day / Mainzer / Roll 2 / May 8". High angle view of celebration in the streets. GIs pose with French women. Riding in military vehicle. "VE Day / Mainzer / Roll 3 / May 8". Children waving American flag. Crowds parading in military vehicles. Brief view of a different soldier with a film camera in the passenger seat of a military jeep. In high spirits, GIs plunge in the fountain at Place de la Concorde. Closeups of French women, dog, "Margie" (actress?).
    Duration
    00:03:53
    Date
    Event:  1945 May 08
    Locale
    Paris, France
    Credit
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
    Contributor
    Producer: United States. Army Air Forces. Combat Camera Unit, 4th.
    Camera Operator: Arthur J. Mainzer
    Biography
    Arthur Mainzer (1923-) was a cameraman in the 4th Combat Camera Unit of the 9th Air Force. The Combat Camera Unit was tasked with creating Air Force training films at Hal Roach Studios. After completing training at the Air Force Photo Technical School in Denver, CO and the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver, City, CA, Mainzer was deployed to Europe. He was filming bomb damage by the Allied Air Forces with Captain Ellis Carter when they heard about Buchenwald and drove there by jeep on April 13, 1945. Mainzer and Carter filmed conditions at the camp on Kodak color film stock using two handheld 16mm film cameras. The footage was then sent to headquarters in London for processing.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Unedited.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    04:13:41:00 to 04:17:34:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2513 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the National Archives and Records Administration in May 2002.
    Note
    See also Story 3544 and 3545, Film ID 2513 for similar footage.

    Mainzer was filming bomb damage by the Allied Air Forces with Captain Ellis Carter when they heard about Buchenwald and drove there by jeep on April 13, 1945. Mainzer and Carter filmed conditions at the camp on Kodak color film stock using two handheld 16mm film cameras. The footage was then sent to headquarters in London for processing.
    Copied From
    35mm DNS; b/w
    Film Source
    United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Motion Picture Reference
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 3699
    Source Archive Number: 18 CS 4007 R3
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:05:14
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