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German Jewish family life prewar and postwar

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.527 | RG Number: RG-60.1748 | Film ID: 4109

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    German Jewish family life prewar and postwar


    01:00:00 Roll 18. People wait to board COBRA ship in Cuxhaven, Germany in Summer 1931. Otto films as their boat passes by the German archipelago, Heligoland, and the distinctive Lange Anna. Otto smiles as he looks at the newborn twins. Otto and proud mother Hanna.
    01:05:05 Roll 19. Farming. Women and children in traditional dress in Volendam, Holland. Plaut family by their car. Continuation of beach visit to Zandvoort in June 1932 from roll 15 in Film ID 4108. Hanna writes at a table. Renate cries and plays with other children on the beach.
    01:09:30 Roll 20. Renate, Otto, Hanna, and others play in their backyard garden in Leipzig in May 1934. CU, baby.
    01:11:55 Roll 21. Hanna and Renate feed birds in a park in November 1935. She looks out the window. Cactus plants.
    01:14:29 Roll 22. Renate eats soup. Cake and games at Renate's birthday party in 1934.
    01:16:34 Roll 23. Hanna and Renate on a boat, picnicking in the mountains. Tourist views of a town, riding in an automobile. CUs, butterflies in the grass. Renate laying in the grass.
    01:20:49 Roll 24. Renate and other children eat sweets and play outside during her birthday in 1935.
    01:23:00 Roll 25. Hanna sits on a ship docked in the town of Palermo, Italy during Easter 1935. Activity on the docks, captain. View of mountains at sea.
    01:25:10 Roll 26. Side view of ship and the port. The family relaxes, knits, eats, play with cameras. Two sailors look on. Renate stands and jumps on a leather armchair. A page from a calendar indicates it is Wednesday, May 1, 1935. Renate plays with a scooter. Possibly in Pontresina, Switzerland.
    01:29:14 Roll 27. Hanna and Renate take a walk in Leipzig. Renate tries to climb a fence. Renate and other children receive gifts at school for her first Schultag on March 15, 1936.

    01:31:38 Roll 28. COLOR. Lakeside resort. Wedding guests. The family visits Niagara Falls in 1948. Front yard of the Plaut house is Canton, Ohio. Martin moves around on crutches and gets into the car in April 1950. An Ohio license plate on the car indicates the year as 1950.
    01:35:59 Roll 29. COLOR. Twins Andrew and Martin at a pool. Cars drive down a main street. Andrew, Martin and another boy throw a football in front of the house. Renate talks to her father, Otto, as he films. MS, a Canton, Ohio newspaper.
    01:40:35 Roll 30. ANSCO COLOR. Street scenes in Binghampton, NY in July 1948. The sign outside of Otto's office reads, "Otto L. Plaut, M.D."
    01:42:00 Roll 31. B/W A snow plow moves piles of snow off of the road in 1950.
    01:44:10 Roll 32. COLOR. Film is damaged. A baby, Elizabeth Ann, sits in a playpen outdoors, then plays in the grass in August 1957.

    01:48:43 Roll 33. Hanna plays with baby Renate. A page from a calendar indicates it is Sunday, May 10, 1931. Hanna walks Renate in a park. Otto plays with Renate. Grandmother Anna talks to Renate. Playing in playpen. Calendar indicates the date as Tuesday, June 16, 1931.
    Event:  1931-1957
    Volendam, Netherlands
    Leipzig, Germany
    Zandvoort, Netherlands
    United States
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Andrew Plaut
    Camera Operator: Otto L. Plaut
    Otto L. Plaut, like his father Maximillian Plaut, was a doctor. He practiced in Leipzig, Germany before the outbreak of the war. Otto and his wife Johanna Plaut (née Löwenstein) raised three children: Renate (b. 1930) and twins Andrew and Martin (b. 1937). Dr. Otto Plaut filmed his family in their home city of Leipzig and on various holidays from 1931 to 1937, and after the war in Massillon, Ohio. Maximillian and Anna Plaut ((née Katz) were the first to immigrate to the United States. They arrived in New York on April 10, 1937 on the S.S. Ilsenstein from Antwerp, Belgium. Otto Plaut entered the United States on March 9, 1938. From Le Havre, France he took the S.S. Ile de France to New York. He was issued an immigration visa on February 10, 1938 in Leipzig, Germany. Last to arrive in the United States were Hanna, Renate, Andrew, and Martin on March 25, 1939. They took the S.S. Veendam from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Hanna received her immigration visa on March 3, 1939 in Leipzig.

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    01:00:00:00 to 01:56:29:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4109 Film: 16 mm - color - reversal original - print
      Master 4109 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - large
      Master 4109 Film: 16 mm - color - reversal original - print
      Master 4109 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - large
      Master 4109 Film: 16 mm - color - reversal original - print
      Master 4109 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - large
      Master 4109 Film: 16 mm - color - reversal original - print
      Master 4109 Video: Digital Betacam - color - NTSC - large

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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    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 Provenance
    Dr. Andrew Plaut donated thirty six reels of 16mm film from his father, Dr. Otto L. Plaut, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in November 2014.
    Film Source
    Dr. Andrew Plaut
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 6016
    Source Archive Number: Camera Rolls 18 to 33
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:06:59
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