Untitled -- Theodore Roeckle -- home movies
INT, people eating and dining on Christmas. Gerald and Berthold play with a toy train set. MS, decorated Christmas tree, Elfriede lights the candles. Theo plugs in electrical lights and smokes a cigarette. 01:08:28 Several shots of men shoveling the snowy streets with a pharmacy and other shops or residences behind them. 01:09:06 The two boys set off a toy plane in a snowy park (Gerald was a model plane enthusiast his entire life). 01:09:18 Back inside the family residence, couples dance (camera on tripod). Family dines. 01:10:36 EXT, garden, child approaches camera "goose-stepping". Two women look at plants. INTs, elder woman cooking, others eating. 01:11:28 EXTs, formally dressed family members pose for the camera. 01:11:40 CU, man lights a cigar from the candelabra. The family celebrates, good CUs. CU, centerpiece with photographs, liquor bottles, and the number 50 (perhaps for Theo's birthday in 1946?). Pan to Theo, his wife, and boys. Another family celebration inside a home with an infant. CUs, baby. Adults toast. Man with cigarette looks closely at a photograph on display. 01:15:49 MS, woman and man. Another woman lounges. Christmas tree. The matriarch carries Traudie, a toddler girl adopted by cousins, followed by other family members, walking towards the camera. Pan, happy family, kissing. Toddler at play.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Keith Roeckle
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A collection of 8mm black and white home movies depicting the life of a German non-Jewish family in Nazi Germany. The films were taken by Theodor Röckle who received the Iron Cross during World War I, was a waiter by trade, and worked on the German railway service. He briefly sought work in the United States in 1928 but returned to Germany in 1931. Scenes include prewar Germany, a Nazi torchlight parade, the wedding of Theodor’s brother Gerald, who was a soldier for Germany and POW of the Americans, planes flying over Berlin, and the daily lives of family members.
EXT, couples with flowers walk towards camera to celebrate the wedding of Theo's eldest son Gerald, a soldier for Germany and POW of the Americans. INTs, celebration, gifts, and the couple dancing. Family gathers around the bride and groom for portraits. Woman (bride?) in sequined jacket and top-hat dances with balloons labeled "Ratskeller Steglitz" in the Berlin area. Others dancing drunkenly. Little girl turns and dances and uses potty. Family continues to celebrate. Girl plays outdoors.
Four men operate a machine to demolish a city building. Men at work. 01:34:49 Train. Men at work again. Airplane lands. Rubble. 01:35:44 Street scene in Berlin with traffic, trams, and pedestrians. Max Kuehl sign. Couple walks towards camera, woman returns with flower bouquet. Outdoor market. Street scenes. EXT, "Ratskeller Steglitz" and "Albrechtshof Lichtspiele" (a theatre). "Titania Palast" theatre. Red Cross vehicle passes by. More street scenes. Café tables. 01:38:40 Dog walks towards camera. Puppies. 01:38:53 Women with aprons. Older couple with hats. Man in back of pickup truck waves. The Dresdner Bank in Steglitz. Sideview of the "Albrechtshof Lichtspiele" and "Ratskeller Steglitz". 01:40:07 Airplane taking off at airfield. HAS, train, arriving at station. 01:41:36 American flag, probably in the American zone of Berlin. Military trucks. #40 tram marked "Steglitz". More street scenes. Airfield runway, smoke in distance. US Air Force airplanes landing, "72" on tail followed by "43", "25", and "90. Building ruins. Group of Roeckle family members in park, and at outdoor market. 01:45:50 Good CU of Elfriede Roeckle. LS, housing with train passing by in FG.
Torchlight parade circling around a bonfire.
Parade of Nazi soldiers marching on Unter den Linden in Berlin. Crowds line the streets waving Nazi flags. They stop in front of the Neue Wache building. 01:01:22 Dignitaries arrive and walk from right to left (perhaps including high Nazi officials). Wreath-laying ceremony (possibly February 25, 1934/5 for National Mourning Day or Heroes Day).
MCU, street scenes in winter. Small demonstration. Man in top-hat collects donations in a tin can. Horse-drawn float. Civilians and soldiers observe a costumed man dragging a costumed "cow". Mostly illegible white banner in BG, "....Handwerk". Illegible sign around the neck of the "cow". Sign for the Carpenter's Guild - "Die Holzwürmer Tischlerinnung". 01:02:17 Berthold Roeckle poses before the horse-drawn float. He feeds birds. CU, a toddler boy dressed up in a white apron and hat with a tin can. Berthold stands behind him along with older men in white with musical instruments. Several German soldiers in the crowd. Side-view of a woman depositing a coin in the can (Theo's wife Elfriede?).
At a military site (possibly Berthold's school), a large gun is fired several times.
LS, torchlight parade. Fireworks.