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Postwar wedding of a German soldier and American POW

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2015.251 | RG Number: RG-60.1555 | Film ID: 3917

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    Postwar wedding of a German soldier and American POW

    Overview

    Description
    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.
    Duration
    00:13:38
    Date
    Event:  1945?
    Locale
    Berlin, Germany
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Keith Roeckle
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Theodore Roeckle
    Biography
    Theodor Röckle (1896-1976) served in World War I and received the Iron Cross. He married Berta Doerr in 1923. Theo was a waiter by trade and worked on the German railway service. He went to the United States in 1928 seeking work since Germany was in difficult economic times. He ended up in Atlantic City, and soon sent for his wife and son Gerald. In 1931, Berthold was born, but mother Berta died in childbirth. Having no work, a 6 year old son and a newborn baby, no family, and no means to support them, Theo decided to return. He paid a courier to take the baby back to Germany to be raised by family members. Theo remarried in 1934 to Elfriede Gerth in Philadelphia, PA. Back in Germany, the young Berthold Roeckle became a Hitler Youth (despite his American citizenship) and served as a bicycle messenger during World War II. Berthold returned to the US in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Theo and Elfriede lived in NYC and Berlin after the war. Theo's hobby in film resulted in thousands and thousands of feet of film material, mostly of family events from the late 1940s to 1960s.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    01:19:58:00 to 01:33:36:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 3916 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3917 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3916 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3917 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3916 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3917 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3916 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3917 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - acetate - Kodak AG - Gevaert
      Master 3916 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3917 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3916 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3917 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3916 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3917 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3916 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
      Master 3917 Video: HDCam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 3916 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3917 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3916 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3917 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3916 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3917 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3916 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Preservation 3917 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Source
    Keith Roeckle
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5803
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:06:56
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