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Jewish orphanage; Schaap family gatherings

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.524 | RG Number: RG-60.1521 | Film ID: 4104

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    Jewish orphanage; Schaap family gatherings


    Children at the Jewish orphanage in Leiden. Boys march in file and perform marching exercises in uniform. Toddlers play along with the older boys, including two black children (the product of a Jewish mother and black father).

    INT, family sits down for a meal. EXT, apartment building, birds flying about in the courtyard, family feeds the birds from the balcony.

    03:01:58 A gathering of well-dressed family and friends, probably pre-war, including the couple seen moments earlier eating at home. The group eats a meal, plays cards, dances, and smokes. The men wear yarmulkes and there is a menorah on a nearby table.

    03:06:19 A different gathering (notice the daylight and table setting) for Salomon's 82nd birthday in January 1942 with a mix of Orthodox, non-Orthodox Jews, and non-Jews. 03:07:43 Chief Rabbi of Rotterdam, Rabbi Yissachar-Berhard Davids, and a famous rabbi of Haarlem with a long white beard, Rabbi Simon Philip de Vries. Neither man survived the Holocaust.
    Event:  1930s; 1942
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Eli Schaap
    Camera Operator: Maurits Schaap
    Maurits Schaap was in hiding in Axel near Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    03:00:01:00 to 03:10:58:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4104 Digital: ProRes 422 - color - HD
      Master 4104 Digital: ProRes 422 - color - HD
      Master 4104 Digital: ProRes 422 - color - HD
      Master 4104 Digital: ProRes 422 - color - HD

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    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Eli Schaap
    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. Eli Schaap.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Eli Schaap donated digital copies of a selection of his father's 8mm films to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014. He had all of his father's films transferred to video at Brodsky & Treadway in 1998 and 1999, and donated video copies to the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive in Jerusalem in 2000.
    Videotape label: "Father's movies: Family events, Rolls 3A,3B,3C,6(a)"

    The Jewish orphanage in Leiden opened in 1929 and was run by one of the Schaaps who died in the mid-1930s. Her husband is pictured in the group portrait in RG-60.1516. Those who lived at the orphanage were the last Jews to be deported from Leiden on March 17, 1943. Leiden police officers and the 'Grüne Polizei' deported 51 children and nine members of staff from the Jewish orphanage to Westerbork and on to concentration camps, where all but four died.
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    8mm b/w Kodak
    Film Source
    Eli Schaap
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5747
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:05:15
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