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Refugee girls at the de Monbrison chateau in France

Film | Accession Number: 2011.350.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1341 | Film ID: 2935

Refugee girls living at a chateau owned by Count Hubert Conquere de Monbrison in Quincy-sous-Senart, located about 30 km south of Paris. De Monbrison 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 (see footage of their arrival in Story 1340). 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.

These shots probably show the Spanish girls. Black and white footage. Girls in gym clothes pose for a group portrait. Those standing in the back put their arms around each other and sway in unison. The camera pans across the two rows of girls. Various shots of the girls playing an energetic game of basketball. Panning shot of crowd sitting on the grass and watching

01:26:56 Color. Underexposed shots of girls wearing two different uniforms standing in a line. The two teams play a game of basketball. On the sidelines, people (including some uniformed girls) look at the camera and smile or laugh. Another panning shot of girls standing in a line.

CU of a British flag waving. Girls in aprons dance around in a circle. They exchange places across the circle, then form two lines while continuing to dance. The girls line up in front of the camera and it pans across their faces. Flag waves.

01:27:47 Blackand white. Girls wearing light-colored dresses and dark aprons perform a choreographed dance under the trees. Panning shot of smiling girls wearing headscarves. Brief color shot of the waving flag from earlier. Girls wearing fringed shawls sit on the ground and sway back and forth. Two girls perform a (presumably Spanish) dance in which one of them plays a tambourine. Screen goes green.

01:30:01 Color. Two girls face each other and perform a choreographed dance in slow motion. Pairs of girls dance in a line and then form a circle where they spin and alternate squatting down and doing other moves.

Event:  1939
Quincy-sous-Senart, France
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Christian de Monbrison
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:46:22
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