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Kodak 16mm movie camera used by an American in prewar Vienna

Object | Accession Number: 2006.265.3 a-b

Small, windup, 16mm Kodak motion picture camera used by Ross Baker and his wife, Helen, in Austria and Italy in 1937-1938. They used the camera to film family vacations and the historic scenes they witnessed, such as the Anschluss in Vienna, visits by Hitler, and the defacement and boycotting of Jewish businesses. Ross had a badge identifying him as a delegate to a convention and was allowed to film Hitler and others at close range. See the film material in this collection (2006.265.2) for the footage. Ross was a chemist and professor at the City University of New York. In 1937, he received a sabbatical leave to study at the University of Vienna. He lived there with his wife and five sons from early 1937 until May 1938. On March 13, 1938, Austria was incorporated into Nazi Germany. The Germans enacted anti-Jewish laws immediately. On April 10, there was a vote on the merger and 99% of the population voted Yes in support of Hitler as Fuhrer. Jews were among those who had been stripped of their rights as citizens, including the right to vote.

use:  1937-1938
use: Vienna (Austria)
manufacture: Rochester (N.Y.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Stanley A. Baker
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:20:53
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