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Rebuilding life: refugees board trains in Germany; learn English

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.4702 | Film ID: 3046

(Color) CUs, weaved crafts. 01:00:37 Displaced persons (DPs) on a transport sponsored by the IRO. DPs get off a truck with luggage and board a train. Handwriting on the side of the train says "US emigr. via Bremen." DPs lean out the windows of the train to look at the camera and talk to IRO officers. Uniformed men and women with badges stating "IRO", "US Committee", and "USCOM." DPs wave and the train departs. CU, luggage. 01:04:35 Blurry footage for three minutes with more takes of men, women, and children boarding the train. Wide views of the train station. 01:07:22 Two official men stand at a microphone next to the train and read from papers, a crowd listens. DPs hang out of the train windows and wave goodbye as the train departs.

01:08:42 A large group of adults sit outside and listen to an instructor. A young woman writes a Walt Whitman quote in English on a chalkboard. Small groups read books together outside. Multiple takes - seems staged. Young couple walks next to a building. DPs walk under a sign banner that reads "Church World Service Language Institute". 01:13:32 The students line up on the stairs outside the church as an instructor reads to them. 14:48 CU, another CWS sign, LAUF. CU, students reading. WS, CWS campus.

Event:  1947
Bremen, Germany
Lauf, Germany
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:05:01
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