Vogel family swims and ice skates before the Holocaust in Hungary
Eva Brust and her governess walk amongst blossoming trees in a field. CU of Eva. She plays affectionately with a young boy. Men and women lay in swimsuits in the grass. Some swim and play in a public pool. Camera focuses on an older woman swimming. Two women bounce a young girl in the water. Children play around pool chairs. CU of Eva sitting in the grass. She has her hair in braids and sits on a chair. She then plays with a hose. Sitting on a bench next to a boy, she licks a wooden spoon. The boy dips his spoon in the pot at his feet and does the same. CU of the boy with food on his face from the spoon. The children hit each other with their spoons. The governess intervenes. They continue to smack each other with their spoons and the governess runs in again.
01:09:43 Back on the lawn by the pool. Three young girls sit in the grass together. They hold a small white umbrella. They go into the water, all wearing swim caps. Eva sits in the doorway of a house. Birds in cages. Eva holds a dog on a leash while the governess shakes the dogs paw. They pet the dog together. Eva ice skates. Shot of a bridge. Eva ice skates while holding her father, Elek’s, hand. Her mother, Lily, joins. Many other people skate by. Eva sits with her father in the stands overlooking the rink, before returning to the ice again. The family skates in a line, falling once.
01:18:53 A woman swims in the pool, smiling at the camera. Eva swims in the water, attached to a rope that her father holds while walking along the edge of the pool. INT shot of Eva knitting. ECU of her hands as she knits. She lays down and receives a scrub and massage on her bag from her governess.
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Also in Vogel Family Film Collection
The 3 reels of 8mm film in the Vogel collection portray life in pre-war Hungary, as shot by Steven Vogel, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. Most scenes document the recreational activities of the Vogel and Brust families, including visits to the community pool, family meals, and a trip to Paris. Much of the focus is on young Eva Brust as she enjoys her time with family, friends, and her governess in Budapest.
Intertitle: “Once Upon a Time.” Eva plays with leaves and placing them in a basket. Her mother, Lily Brust, stands next to her. She plays with a small rake and then sits in the basket of leaves. Intertitle reads “Vigyazzon Terez, elforik az uveg.” Three women labor over a table covered with jars, working to seal the lids. Intertitle reads “Évike az ö külön strandján nem akarodik kijönni.” Eva bathes and plays in an outdoor basin. She kicks the water and throws it playfully at her governess on the right. The governess helps her out of the water, dries her off with a towel, and dresses her. 01:05:26 Intertitle “A potya publikum.” CU of two women on a balcony. ECU of Tommy smiling at the camera. One woman shoots the film while another woman looks through binoculars and smiles for the camera. They look out at the crowds of people below. 01:06:39 Intertitle “1937 majusban a Hármas-határhegyen.” An outdoors gathering. Eva is dressed in traditional Hungarian garb. She eats a piece of soft pretzel. CU of her sitting at the table wearing large round sunglasses. 01:07:06 Intertitle “Pünkösdkor a Balatonon strandolunk a szemérmes Éva és a… Ádám”. Eva plays with sand at the beach. A young boy approaches. She plays in the water. She rides a tricycle around a fenced in porch. Another slightly older girl gets on the bike. Intertitle “Az élö baba és a kis schwester”. The girl pushes a baby in a carriage. She affectionately pets and kisses her. Intertitle “ki az erösebb?”. The third slightly older girl fights the other young girl on who gets to push the carriage. 01:11:33 “Soma bácsi a mindig örömmel fogadott vendég”. Two men greet a man and a woman outside. They all sit around a table on the porch. “Milyen elegans vagy Soma!!!” They act like family or old friends. “Balatoni kirándulás”. Men and women in swimming gear play around a lake. Two men cover a third in a straw chair. Intertitle “Eleket széjjeltépik a nök.” Intertitle “Az ünnepelt Fantus Böske és a fény-képezök hada.” The family sit around a set table outdoors. Car driving down a street and tall buildings. A man and a woman walk through the street towards the camera. 01:15:32 Eva hugs her grandfather(?) who has just arrived with his wife. He feeds her snacks. The older man and woman play pool while Eva stands on a stool to watch. “Budapesten 1937. Januar havaban. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson.” Eva and her family are on a street in Budapest. She plays with her governess and other women. Camera pans right to the Inner City Parish Church. Camera pans left to Eva and her governess walking down the steps of a large rounded building with tall columns. Men and women walk up the street towards the camera. 01:19:33 “Séta a nagy. Mamáéknál.” Eva pushes a baby doll in a stroller through the streets of Budapest. WS of the street as a trolley moves through. Horse drawn carriages cross the street, along with pedestrians. She exits a building holding her grandmother’s(?) hand.
Eva is slightly older now, her hair in braids, she walks towards the camera with her mother Lilly and another young boy holding her hand. They play with a small terrier dog. The dog runs through a field. Large building. A girl jumps over a rope. Others practice handstands, backbends and cartwheels on the grass. The group picks up the little girl with braids. 01:02:37 Intertitle “Svábhegy 1940. Julius~ augusztus.” (film slightly damaged) Toy sailboat in water. People go down a water slide. Eva cries, and then relaxes on a float with a young boy. Everyone plays in the water. CU of Eva sticking her tongue out at the camera. More revelry in the water. A woman is towed on a board behind a boat (wakeboarding). CU of Eva wearing a swim cap. More shots of the woman wakeboarding. Eva eats an apple while a woman playfully attempts to grab it from her. Children climb up a hill while holding sticks. The little girl plays with the stick and dog. 01:09:05 Intertitle “Kovácspataki Kirándulás 1940 jun. 9.” The little girl and an older woman waving outside the window of a moving train. A soldier stands on a train platform. A woman fixes the sock of a man (both seen in earlier films on Film ID 4162 and 4163). A sign reads Kovácspatak. The family walks along a trail through the woods. They all sit around a table outside, eating and drinking. Eva wears plastic goggles and eats cherries. CU of a man laying on the grass, sleeping with his head in the shade of a small umbrella. The children play around in the grass. Two boys wrestle. The little girl kisses a little boy on the cheek. Bird eating on balcony. CU of Eva writing something. She and the older woman walk hand in hand, Eva carries the toy sailboat. They select fruit and put them in a paper bag. 01:17:08 Swimming pool. The younger sister helps Eva with her clothes. The older women and a man lounge in pool chairs. They swim. The family eats around an outdoor table. A waiter brings food. Kodak Safety Film logo.
Paris. People look at books or journals and artwork being sold by vendors along the street. Camera pans left on buildings lining the Seine River. Cars drive across the bridge. Camera tilts down onthe Fontaine du Palmier with a statute of victory standing at the top of the column. Paris streets with cars. A cat sits on a stone wall along the Seine. A French flag flies behind. Camera pans left on a Paris street. View from a bridge on the Seine. Four military men in long black coats and white feather hats walk through the street. Notre Dame with scaffolding along its front. A street sign reads “4th ARR. RUE DE CLOITRE NOTRE-DAME”. Another reads “5th ARR. RUE DU CHAT QUI PECHE”. More shots of Parisian sites. Kids play within the Tuileries Garden. Shaky footage of the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. 01:23:37 Equestrian statue outside of the Palace of Versailles. Camera pans right on the EXT of the entrance side of Versailles. The Museum of History of France at Versailles, with a CU on the inscription “A TOUTES LES GLOIRES DE LA FRANCE” (all the glories of France) on the entablature. EXT of Louis XIV’s chapel at Versailles. The gardens of Versailles. EXT of the palace, more of the garden and all the fountains. Grand Trianon in the domain of Versailles. 01:25:29 Paris city shots. The Luxor Obelisk at the middle of Place de la Concorde. The Eiffel Tower in the BG. The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation on the Place de la Concorde. WS of the Louvre Palace and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Street sign “1st ARR. RUE DE RIVOLI”. Rue de Rivoli and Jardin de Tuileries fence running parallel to the street. Equestrian statue behind the Louvre. More Parisian street shots. Street sign “1ST ARR. RUE DE HONORE”. CU of the back of the Louvre. Lettering along the exterior reads “AU LOUVRE Blanc”. Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois. Camera pans right on the Pont Neuf.