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Allies clear debris; children sent to England to recuperate

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.524 | RG Number: RG-60.1528 | Film ID: 4106

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    Allies clear debris; children sent to England to recuperate


    The Allies commissioned this four part documentary from Maurits Schaap after liberation.

    Titles: "Zeeuwsch Vlaanderen", "Documentaire Film der Verwoesting", "Bulldozers aan den arbeid". An Allied bulldozer clears debris. Cranes and other tractors push, pull, lift and haul destroyed materials. Title, "Afscheid Kol. J.V. Leeuwen. Gezagsoverdracht aan Maj. F. Koch" Military and civilian personnel sit together at a large banquet table, enjoying a meal before the departure of Colonel. J.V. Leeuwen. Titles: "Nieuwe Mil. Commissaris van Z. Vlaanderen Majoor", "F.P.O.M. Koch". Koch works at a desk, signing paperwork, answering telephone call. Title: "Rechterhand van den millitairen commissaris Kap. P. de Bruyne E.T.O." De Bruyne works in an office. List of personnel and hierarchy on a blackboard with the date April 25, 1945.

    05:39:42 Dutch children in Zeeland being sent to England to recuperate in 1945. Titles: "Kindertransport naar Engeland, leiding van Mevr. Standaert", "en Kapitein Bakker". Children board a bus to start their journey to England. The children each wear small identification tags on string, usually around the neck or pinned to their clothing. Title cards: "Het is prettig naar engeland te gaan, is ook het afscheid" Title card: "Niet alles mag mee naar Engeland!!" The children say goodbye to their parents and board the bus. Delousing. "T no 1792, Naam: Merck, P. Adres: Breskensche Duk, Groede 0.2", "Post of embarkation: OSTEND", "destination: c O Netherlands Government, "Children's Committee", Londen [sic], S.W.1." The bus departs. On the side of the bus is a banner that reads: "Wij varen naar Engeland" Title, "De kazerne als kinderspeelplaats" Children leave the bus and play in an open space. Behind them are barracks. Title: "Op weg naar de haven" Children walk with their supervisors past men carrying shovels. Bags. A few gesture to the camera. The children get into another truck with an Allied star and wave goodbye. Title card: "Einde derde deel"
    Event:  1944-1945
    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
    05:30:00:00 to 05:48:07:00

    Rights & Restrictions

    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.
    Additional footage of the children arriving in England is in the British Pathe newsreel "Orphans of the Storm" (1945) viewable at

    Videotape label: "Liberation [of the Netherlands], Rolls 5A,5B,5C,5D"
    Copied From
    8mm Gevaert-cine film, b/w
    Film Source
    Eli Schaap
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5754
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:05:39
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