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German Jewish refugee boys arrive at Quincy-sous-Senart

Film | Accession Number: 2011.350.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1340 | Film ID: 2935

Refugee boys from Berlin arrive at a chateau owned by Count Hubert Conquere de Monbrison in the town of Quincy-sous-Senart, located about 30 km south of Paris. He and the Princess Irena Paley (a niece of the last Russian czar who later became Monbrison's wife) used the chateau to house refugee girls from the Russian and Spanish civil wars. In 1939 de Monbrison was approached by his children's Jewish physician, who was a member of the board of the OSE, and asked whether he would take in a group of forty German Jewish refugee children. The count agreed and the Kindertransport of boys arrived on July 4, 1939. Quincy served as a Jewish children's home until September 1940 when, following the German occupation of France, the chateau was requisitioned by the German army. The boys were then relocated to other OSE homes.

Mr. Zimmermann, a refugee from Germany, helps Jewish boys from the Berlin Kindertransport get off a bus. The boys stand around holding their bags. The blue name tags hanging around their necks are plainly visible. At 01:24:17 Norbert Bikales crosses the frame from right to left. He holds a duffel bag. 01:24:20 the small blond boy in the middle ground is Ralph Moratz. 01:24:22 Wolfgang Blumenreich stand with Mr. Zimmermann and helps the other boys get off the bus. 01:24:26 Dark haired boy in the background is Bernd Warrschauer, who did not survive the war. At 01:24:29 Wolfgang pushes Werner Goldschmidt slightly in the direction of the chateau. Erwin Cosmann stands behind Wolfgang. Other boys who appear include Berthold Friedlaender and Gerhard Glass. The boys enter a house called the "Annexe Chateau," followed by a female caretaker, who may be a Jewish refugee from Vienna named Madame Lederer. Screen goes blue, then white.

Event:  1939 July 04
Quincy-sous-Senart, France
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Christian de Monbrison
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:23
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