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Weimar-era institutions for the disabled and elderly

Film | Accession Number: 2004.740.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3925 | Film ID: 2699

The second part in a five part film entitled "Vom Unsichtbaren Koenigreich." This part of the film shows the inhabitants of three institutions in Germany. In addition to those translated below, there are other titles shown on the screen, which describe the patients and their activities. There are also religiously-inspired statements about life and the duty to care for the elderly and disabled.

Title on screen: "Die Anstalt fuer bloede und epileptische Frauen in Neuendettelsau in Bayern. [The institution for feeble-minded and epileptic women in Neuendettelsau in Bavaria]." The scenes at Neuendettelsau show both mildly and severely disabled patients performing various activities, including sewing and playing with dolls. The patients are shown mostly out-of-doors, sometimes in the company of nurses. The women are neatly dressed and seem well-cared for. Title on screen: "Bei den Alten im Maennerheim Salon bei Ludwigsburg [The elderly in the male salon in Ludwigsburg]." Various shots, including a bird's eye view, of the grounds of the home. A new resident arrives by car and is greeted by the staff. The residents doing various activities, including playing with a little girl, who is described in a title as the sunshine of the house. The men are also shown gardening and playing chess. Title on screen: "Das Altfrauenheim in Kaiserswerth am Rhein [The home for elderly women in Kaiswerswerth on the Rhein]." Nurses attend to elderly women. Again, the scenes are primarily outdoors in neat, spacious surroundings, and the women seem well-cared for and happy.

Event:  1925
Production:  1926
Ludwigsburg, Germany
Kaiserswerth, Germany
Neuendettelsau, Germany
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Deulig Film
Record last modified: 2020-06-08 14:36:28
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