Jewish life in Budapest before the war
REEL 2. Margaret Gidaly and her children Paul and Elly on a hill overlooking city. An artist with glasses and hat paints the view on an easel. One-story home. Brief view of a different man in a hat. The children stand by Margaret and walk down a stair path next to a row of houses. Brief interior shot with the children. Another shot of Margaret and the children walking up the hill by the painter.
01:00:45 CU, Elly in a summer dress and women and young girls in white dresses on benches in a public park. Paul poses in front of a fountain. Margaret climbs. Paul slides down a large banister. ECUs of happy children and some adults.
01:02:08 A man in glasses walks toward camera. He is greeted by Paul and Elly (camera error causes the film to roll). VCU of the man with glasses smiling. CU, woman in a patterned blouse smiles for the camera, the man kisses her cheek. He poses with another smiling woman and puts his arm around her. The man and another man (probably Ernest) roughhouse. The man with glasses poses with the children, bouncing them on his hips. They kiss his cheeks and smile.
01:02:53 Exterior of a train with a middle-aged couple in the first car waving. Sign: "Trencianske Teplice KUPELE" station near the Slovakian spa resort. Busy station, and a quick view of the couple in the first car again. Elly and Paul play in front of a large home. A young woman, possibly Margaret, walks down the stairs with the children and an elder woman. A man, most likely Ernest, and the two children walk through a park holding hands. Family members group around a park bench. The children fight over an umbrella. They stand in front of Romanesque building and walk toward the camera.
01:03:42 Three children and two women sit around a covered table outside. The children play. The two women walk across a small bridge in a garden or park. The children run around a statue in the park while the women watch. 01:04:17 CU, Elly? with a bow in her hair. 01:04:20 The women and children eat at a table outdoors (balcony or porch). Margaret? peels fruit. "Danubius. Pathe Baby. Budapest."
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Paul Gidaly donated home movies about his family’s Jewish life in prewar Budapest, Hungary, likely in the mid-1930s. Two days after the Nazi occupation of Budapest in March 1944, Paul’s father Ernest, a successful textile merchant, was seized from a streetcar on his way to work and sent to an internment camp in Kistarcsa. He was later deported to Auschwitz and died on a death march in January 1945. Paul was 19 years old when called to a forced labor battalion working to clean up the bombarded countryside. He escaped and hid in Budapest under false papers as Joszef Ganitzki. Paul’s mother and sister escaped a death march and remained in hiding in Budapest until the end of the war.
REEL 1 (personally shot or purchased?) LS of a moving train from different angles. Train tracks. Train passes a station. Sheep graze on a hill and run. Sign for "Malvern Theatre / George Arliss / The Iron Duke..." (a 1934 British film) on a brick building. [Malvern Hills is in the West Midlands of England] 01:05:45 Airplane stunts. Aerial shots of the city and countryside. Man stands on the wing of the plane, and jumps off, ejecting a parachute and falling through the air. 01:07:58 Waterfall pouring into a river, rapids. 01:08:27 Slate, "Craven Hunt. Point-to-Point." Men on horseback race and jump. Crowd watches the horserace. 01:08:55 Trains pull into station, seen from different angles. In town, lanterns/jugs hang from lines, bridge (over canal?). Man and dog in a garden with a brick wall. Same man walks across a bridge. Man pushes a wheelbarrow through a village street. Small British flags hang between homes. A dog stands on top of the full cart, it barks. Soldiers on horseback pulling wagons through a street. 01:10:19 At the zoo, a bear in a cage. Cheetah walks back and forth behind the iron bars of its cage. Tiger, penguins, flamingoes, polar bear. Intertitle: "George." Cat looks into the camera. Dog and cat pose. Cat runs toward camera. Intertitle: "George & Jimmy's Kitten." Kitten moves toward camera. Two cats and the kitten. Dog swims. Intertitle: "Whiskey." A chain is dangled in front of a black cat, and the cat plays with it. Dogs run outdoors. A woman sits in the BG encouraging them. Sign: "Broncho." A bigger dog plays with the other dogs. CU, dog barking and panting. 01:13:10 Tennis match between two men. Crowd watches from bleachers and chairs. The ball goes back and forth. Women play tennis. Athletes play, including 1934 Wimbledon champion Fred Perry.