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The Brust family on winter holiday before the Holocaust

Film | Accession Number: 2014.392.2 | RG Number: RG-60.1836 | Film ID: 4175

“Kékestetõ 1940. Február 12~23-ig”. People holding skis walk across a snow covered ground. Ski lodge and the surrounding snowy area. A car is parked. Another drives past. The branches of trees are weighed down with snow. 01:01:04 A man faces the camera and smiles. People on the snow covered road get their skis down from the top of the van parked in front of the building. A man (Elek) walks through a snowy path, and his wife Lilly and daughter Eva skate around a cleared path of ice. The lodge. Eva skates up to the camera, hair in braids. ECU of her smile, with gaps from two missing front teeth. The family throws snowballs playfully at each other. Eva falls in the snow and her mother picks her up. More ice skating, Eva and her mom hold hands while skating. A man uses a broom to sweep off the ice. Eva continues skating, dancing around on her ice-skates. She skates towards the camera, arms extended out at her shoulders. She throws snow at the woman, and the woman throws it back. CU of Lilly smiling.

01:04:01 Eva sleds down a snow covered hill, slowly nearing the camera. Then together with her mother she leads the sled back up the hill, followed by a young boy on skis, and a man on skis. Theyl ride the sled down together. Eva and another child pull the sled through the snowy forest, followed by Lillyon skis. WS of Brust family in the forest. Lilly and Eva ride the sled together again, Lilly uses her heels to push them along. A woman skis down an open clearing in the woods, followed by a man. People stand around outside of a building surrounded by mounds of snow.

01:06:46 Eva ays on a lounge chair fully bundled up in her jacket, mittens, and blanket. She waves to the camera. CU of her with her eyes closed, still waving. Then she stands on the porch wrapped in the blanket, smiling and walking towards the camera. She then plays in the snow with a young boy. The young boy throws snowballs at her. They continue playing, the girl throwing large amounts of snow at the boy.

01:08:17 Elek throws snow at his wife, who is holding skis. She in turn throws snow at the young boy in front of her, and then at the children. Elek takes a shovel and starts to heave snow with it. Eva climbs up one of the snowy mounds. Lilly with skis on her shoulder looks at the camera. Eval walks with her mother towards the camera, moving her arms and skipping in a dance. a man emerges from the ski shop with skis and poles, followed by a woman with the same. CU of the woman’s face. She walks through the snow. CU of her face. A group of people on skis in a clearing in the forest on a hill. A man skis down, opening and closing his legs to gain momentum. Then a woman goes, and other people take their turn to ski down the hill. Eva sledding again. People stand outside of the ski lodge. Others exit a car parked in front. Skis and poles lean against the side of the building.

01:13:06 A man waves, hat in hand. He speaks to the camera and gestures with his finger across his chest. He walks to the pile of snow and grabs and handful, chucking it towards the camera, and then waves the camera operator along. Outside of the lodge, people sit in wicker chairs, enjoying conversation. Eva and her mother build a snowman. She puts a stick in its hand, then glasses and a hat. Eval wears the hat for a brief moment. She smiles. The snowman with a different cap. CU of Eva posing with the snowman. Brust family and friends stand outside the lodge, camera pans left on the forest. The young girl and boy walk hand in hand. The girl carries a baby doll. She stands with a woman outside of a restaurant. 01:16:00 There is a sign that reads “VASÚTI VENDÉGLÕ-ÉTTEREM BAHNHOF-RESTAURANT”. They walk through the fence towards the restaurant entrance. Two men unload skis and luggage from the top of a van.

01:16:26 INT Eva and her parents sit at a table inside the restaurant. She smiles. ECU of her baby doll. Camera does not focus. Eva gives the doll many kisses. ECU of her taking a sip of water, and holding the glass up to the baby doll’s mouth. She holds bread up to the doll’s mouth. EXT people stand along the side of a train. People stand by a different door. The locomotive begins, giving off smoke. Very dark shot of a woman and a bright light.

Event:  1940
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Eva Cooper
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:50:42
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