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Demonstration; DPs inflate rafts for trip to Palestine; family life; DP protest in Bari

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2015.565.2 | RG Number: RG-60.1811 | Film ID: 4155

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    Demonstration; DPs inflate rafts for trip to Palestine; family life; DP protest in Bari

    Overview

    Description
    Very brief shot of protest/parade in a field, probably in Italy (like Film ID 4154). DPs inflate large rafts on a beach in DP camp in Italy and carry Israeli flags. 07:05 Menachem in his carriage with a still camera. Young men participate in formal ceremony or initiation. The men on the rafts on the water preparing for trip to Palestine.

    08:30 Hannah squeezes into her baby’s toy rocking horse. Pan of the DP camp in Italy, huts. Moshe with Menachem - good CUs. Friend makes faces and shows off her baby on camera (possibly Chaim Springer and his parents). More shots of Moshe and Menachem. 09:47 Man polishes shoes and walks a small lizard caught on a rope. The family of three at leisure. Menachem and Hannah make faces for camera, Menachem plays with his father, CUs.

    11:03 Demonstration, parades and DPs, men and women in uniform carry signs in Hebrew and English, possibly a protest in Bari, Italy (like RG-60.1804). Children stand under sign: “Down with British Terror in Palestine!” 12:05 Children parading, filmed through a wire fence. A large crowd gathers to hear speeches by three men. Sign: “UNRRA Camp.” A smaller group assembled in a field, with flags.
    Duration
    00:07:10
    Date
    Event:  1946-1947
    Locale
    Santa Maria de Leuca, Italy
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Menachem Shapiro
    Contributor
    Subject: Menachem Shapiro
    Biography
    Menachem Shapiro was born in the DP camp Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy on June 21, 1946 to Hannah Buz (b. 1912) and Moshe Shapiro (b.1906) both from Shavli, Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire.) Hannah and Moshe and had one daughter, Rivka, born in 1938. Moshe worked at a wood processing plant. Hannah and Moshe were sent to the Shavli ghetto in July 1941; Riva was sent to Auschwitz in November 1943 during the children's roundup; she died there. Moshe was sent to Dachau or a subcamp of Dachau and oversaw the building of roads for the SS. After liberation, Moshe traveled via Greece to Italy in a jeep with a friend from the Beitar youth movement, Dov Similansky. In Italy they met other family members who survived. Moshe, Hannah, and Menachem legally emigrated to Palestine in February 1948. They spent the next two years living with their father’s sister who had immigrated to Palestine in the 1920s. Moshe Shapiro probably acquired his film and still picture camera on the black market in Italy.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    00:06:09:00 to 00:13:29:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4155 Film: positive - b&w - 9.5 mm - reversal original - print
      Master 4155 Film: positive - b&w - 9.5 mm - reversal original - print
      Master 4155 Film: positive - b&w - 9.5 mm - reversal original - print
      Master 4155 Film: positive - b&w - 9.5 mm - reversal original - print

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    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 Provenance
    Moshe Shapiro may have acquired his motion picture and still camera equipment on the black market. He recorded these 9.5 mm reels of film of family life and the events unfolding around him in DP camp and Palestine from 1946 to 1949. Moshe's son, Menachem, came into possession of the family materials and donated them to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in December 2015.
    Film Source
    Mr. Menachem Shapiro
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:04:13
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