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Ice-skating in prewar Netherlands

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.341.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4843 | Film ID: 2878

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    Ice-skating in prewar Netherlands

    Overview

    Description
    The de Groot family ice-skates on a large pond (either Winter 1939-1940 or 1940-1941) in Sonsbeek Park. Rachel is with her classmates, while Louis attempts skating for the first time. There are hundreds skating in the BG as the children struggle to skate with blades strapped to their boots. They drink cocoa or hot anis milk delivered on a sled. They resume skating towards the camera, some doing better than others.
    Duration
    00:00:52
    Date
    Event:  1939-1941
    Locale
    Arnhem, Netherlands
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Louis de Groot
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Meijer de Groot
    Biography
    Meijer de Groot (1897-1944) and his wife Sophia Swaab de Groot (1900-1944) owned a hardware and electrical appliance store on Rijnstraat in the city of Arnhem, The Netherlands. After being warned of a forthcoming round-up of Jews, the de Groot family left their home in Arnhem to go into hiding in November 1942. Louis (b. 1929) and his sister, Rachel (1927-1944), hid in several dozen places throughout the Netherlands. Rachel eventually joined her parents at their hiding place in Amsterdam, while Louis made it to the home of Dirk and Ann Onderweegs in Lemmer in January 1944. Rachel and her parents were denounced on April 8, 1944, arrested by a Dutch policeman who was a childhood friend of Meijer's, and sent first to Westerbork and then to Auschwitz where they perished. Louis stayed with the Onderweegs until August 1946 when he entered the Jewish Boys Orphanage in Amsterdam. He fought for Israel in 1948, briefly returned to Holland, and emigrated to the United States in 1950, where he married and had two sons.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    01:20:34:00 to 01:21:26:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2878 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w and color - reversal
      Master 2878 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - small
      Master 2878 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w and color - reversal
      Master 2878 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - small
      Master 2878 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w and color - reversal
      Master 2878 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - small
      Master 2878 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w and color - reversal
      Master 2878 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2878 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2878 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2878 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2878 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
    • User
    • User 2878 Video: DVD - color
      User 2878 Video: DVD - color
      User 2878 Video: DVD - color
      User 2878 Video: DVD - color

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Mr. Louis de Groot
    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, Mr. David de Groot (son of Louis de Groot).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    de Groot, Louis.

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Louis de Groot donated one reel of 8mm color and black and white film shot by his father Meijer de Groot to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 2009. During the war, the family films were stored in the De Booys photo studio safe in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which was blasted for valuables by German troops in 1944. As a result, only fragments of the home movies were salvaged from the ruins; the pieces were spliced together randomly and retrieved by Louis after the war. He also donated to the Museum family photographs, letters from his sister Rachel, documents from the Red Cross about the fate of the de Groot family, and Rachel's homework notebook.
    Note
    For more artifacts related to the de Groot family, see USHMM collections with accession numbers 2003.155 and 2009.341
    Film Source
    Mr. Louis de Groot
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5233
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:59:16
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