Teenagers smile for the camera
- Event Date
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Elisheva Cohen-Paraira
Closeups of Ida Van Pesh (a non-Jewish friend), Vera Serlui (Ellis's second cousin, killed at Auschwitz on November 19, 1942), Ellis, and Abraham as they pose for the camera inside their home. The girls pose for a group shot.
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Also in Cohen-Paraira Family Collection
Ellis Cohen Paraira is a Dutch Jew who survived in hiding from 1942 until the end of the war. She and her boyfriend wrote to each other in a diary that they passed back and forth through a resistance network. Her boyfriend did not survive, and the diary remains in her possession. The diary was recently published, and an Israeli film documenting her moving story aired in 2011. Ellis’s father David captured family life in Amsterdam before the war on film, and Ellis donated the 8mm black and white and Kodachrome home movies to the Museum.
David Cohen-Paraira and his daughter Ellis visit London in 1938 before Ellis started high school. Brief shot of Ellis and her father David. Spectators observe the changing of the guard in London. 01:07:03 Aunt Jessie (Jessica Vaugh) watering her garden. Jessie (a Scottish non-Jew) was married to David's brother Salomon. Ellis, her aunt, and her cousin, Pamela, play with a ball. 01:07:30 Ellis and Pamela wear equestrian riding clothes (Pamela rode horses as a hobby) and take tea in the garden. Uncle Salomon acts as a waiter. Quick shot of a boat. Salomon was killed during the Blitz in London.
Abraham at the zoo in the Netherlands, bears and lions. 01:07:53 In black and white, children sled in the snow. Two men pull a heavy load on a wagon.
Crowded parade in the Netherlands, probably for Queen's Day [Koninginnedag] on April 30, most likely in 1938. Floats proceed around a corner, shop sign, "J. Wagema..." visible in BG. Group of butchers in white march together holding a sign reading (in part) "De Platte Rib" with a drawing of a pig and hanging sausage links. Another float with men in crowns folllowed by police on horseback, men with instruments, a dragon float, a costumed and masked man with a hooked hand and barefeet, and a float carrying costumed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (a dubbed Dutch version of the Disney movie premiered in 1938). 01:08:41 Ellis and her brother Abraham feed deer and pigeons at a deer park (Hertenkamp located in Malieveld in the Hague). 01:09:00 Good view of Ellis and Abraham (with still photo camera) walking to the camera. 01:09:06 CU, David Cohen-Paraira (holding a movie camera?). Very brief shot of Ellis and her father.
Field with Abraham and his mother Susie Nabarro, in Dinant, Belgium. This was the last family trip before Susie died in August 1938. Horse grazing. 01:09:40 Abraham and his mother exit onto the street underneath an archway adorned with red flowers. They tour the town of Dinant, "BONDS" is written on the pink building. They explore the outside of the Gothic-style Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, rebuilt in 1227. Brief shot of Abraham and his mother sitting on a bench with some sort of fruit.
Ellis and her brother Abraham pose in front of blooming tree, probably in Scheveningen in 1938. Deer grazing at a park in the Hague. David with Ellis and Marian Viskoop, a family friend later killed at Sobibor. 01:10:33 A pier close to the family home on Maastrichtsestraat in Scheveningen, "SCH" on the boats. 01:10:37 Good shots of David, Abraham, and Ellis walking hand-in-hand in town. Clock and illegible signs ("... Theater") at left. Another view of Ellis, in a different jacket, holding a book and walking toward the camera in town.
Hester (Hesje) Jas, the daughter of close family friends, plays inside and then outside on the sidewalk in various outfits. Her father Benjamin, a member of the Jewish Council in Scheveningen, is visible. Hester (b. February 15, 1938) was later killed with her mother Elisabeth Querido Jas at Sobibor on June 11, 1943. Benjamin was also killed at Sobibor on July 16, 1943, with his son Eddie Jas (b. July 1, 1925).
People visit sprawling tulip fields, probably near Lisse, Netherlands, Dutch flags affixed to a sign in the field. Ellis and her friend Hetty Winkel with an automobile behind them. 01:11:43 Brief view of toddler Hester (Hesje) Jas in a backyard garden, followed by more shots and closeups of the beautiful and colorful flowers (city in background). 01:12:15 Elisabeth Jas pushes a baby Hesje in a stroller. 01:12:24 Ellis, in the red dress as pictured earlier in Story RG-60.1373, near a flowering tree. Hester (b. February 15, 1938) was later killed at Sobibor with her mother Elisabeth Querido Jas on June 11, 1943. Hetty Winkel (b. November 10, 1922), the niece of Elisabeth Jas, went into hiding and kept a diary. She was betrayed and deported via Westerbork to Dorohucza, where she was killed on November 30, 1943.