Street scenes in Paris during the peace conference
- Event Date
- July-September 1946
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at University of Akron
In Paris, the American Express building on the corner. A man stands in front of the Conference de la Paix bus.
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Also in David P. Boder Film Collection
Home movies recorded by Dr. David Boder during his postwar project in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany between July and October 1946 interviewing 130 displaced persons in nine languages and recording them on a state-of-the-art wire recorder. Dr. Boder captured displaced persons camps with his private movie camera.
01:00:00 Sign: “Funk Caserne, Emigrant Assembly Center, Repatriation Center, Infiltree Center.” Soldier in front of a gate. Signs: “Deutsche Ungaren Rumanen Bulgaren Dürfen das Lager nicht betreten,” and “Übernachtungen von Gasten und Enzelnen durchreisenden im Lager sind nicht erlaubt.” Displaced men, women, children, one carries a funeral wreath. Men and women in uniform smile for camera. WS, ambulances, bombed out buildings in a city (Munich?), piles of rubble next to remains of buildings. A woman in uniform looks at the camera. Man with hat shakes her hand. VAR, several people waiting with luggage, pan. 01:02:35 Woman with a baby in her arms. Children, boy crying. Overexposed, Nazi aircraft debris, woman posing, swastika. 01:03:55 MS, gate at Dachau concentration camp: “SS Compound.” “Crematory” sign. WS, camp barracks, barbed fences, male displaced persons on camp grounds. Signs marking “The grave of thousands unknown,” “It was true. Let’s see that this never happens again,” “Hanging tree,” “Trading or bartering with prisoners is prohibited.” MS, a woman with glasses smiles for the camera. Pan, buildings at Dachau. DPs in front of a building marked “Camp Council” in English and Hebrew. Pan, Munich? destroyed, rubble below. Statue. A large billboard reads, “In town tonight, VD.” The destroyed Opera House. A sign reads, “Off limits to military personnel between 2200 0600.” Beneath it a piece of paper has been posted that reads, “Danger!!! VD!!! Contacted in this Park. This year 119, This month 22.” More shots of the destroyed city. 01:06:14 Boder at the bus station, walking towards the camera. CUs, soldiers in uniform, smiling.
Women working in a garden at Displaced Persons Camp near Paris in September 1946. Children smile and laugh, dance. Pan, David Boder examines a bundle of crops with a group of DPs. Child holds up a freshly picked vegetable. CUs, DP families. Pan, group of men pose for the camera with a religious Jew reading from a book. CUs, women smile, one waves at camera, holding flowers, celebrating. Father with baby. 01:03:33 Sign above the Hénonville chateau doorway for ORT vocational training facility 65km NW of Paris: “Atelier d'Ébénisterie de l’O.R.T. Hénonville (...),” with a group of DPs posing and smiling on September 14, 1946. They pose with Boder (at far right with glasses at 01:04:07). Two women in fashionable dresses. 01:04:36 LS, car approaches the gate before a palatial building.
Posing on a balcony in Paris with children, one woman smokes a cigarette. Bus: “Service Special. Conference de la Paix,” children posing in the window. Ornate facade of the Academie Nationale de Musique. Statue, CUs woman seen earlier, gentleman. The marquis for the Hotel Scribe. Women and children on the sidewalk. 01:07:54 Another shot of the Conference de la Paix bus.
DP stands in a garden in front of a palatial but dilapidated building. Pan of the DPs gathered in front in Hénonville. A woman and her baby. More lovely shots of the men, women, and children in front of this building. 01:10:06 The vegetable garden. Kids walk towards the camera with a man in a light-colored suit. Men work on the soil in the garden.
Young men (displaced persons) crowded on benches outdoors, pan and CUs, at unknown DP camp location. Baby in a carriage. 01:12:44 DPs display the numbers tattooed on their forearms from the Nazi concentration camps. Women sit on a bench and knit. A young man washes his feet under a faucet. Waking on a path. Large group of people stand beneath a castle. CUs, scar on the leg of a man, presumably a result of labor during the Holocaust. Palace grounds. More CUs, portraits of displaced people. A young girl holds a puppy. The group lines up in rows in the courtyard, lowering a Zionist flag.
MS, group of four at railroad station, including David Boder. “United States Lines Car M.” 01:00:51 VAR views of the deck of a large ship, probably the USS Brazil which Boder sailed to Europe on in late July 1946. Boder with the recorder on his shoulder, walks down the stairs on the ship. A man writes in a journal. A man wearing a yarmulke takes off his glasses. Boder with two men. Woman with her young son. More shots of the ship, American flag. 01:03:07. CU, alternating shots of Boder and a man with still camera. Other ships in the water as they approach a harbor. People on deck. 01:05:20 Rural town. Woman follows two dairy cows. Sign with arrows, “Amblainville Meru D 121.” (a town in France). Man walks with a cane, kettle and scythe down the street. People gathered around on a cobblestone street look at the camera and smile. Men on horseback lead them down the street. Donkey pulls a woman in a wagon. CUs, women with baby in a stroller. Man and young child. 01:07:13 Building in a displaced persons camp, unknown location. VAR shots of DPs, men and children. LS of the camp. Children, one with a bandage, and other DPs. Man with the cane and scythe on the sidewalk. LS, large castle-like estate. People stand in the cemetery for a funeral, wreaths. Men walk through the gardens/cemetery. Funeral procession, men dressed formally with top hats. Group outside of a building, pan up a ruined building, USA automobile in front. Street activity. Crowd. Woman rides her bike with a child in the front basket. Boys. Woman carries boxes.
Crowd of DPs moves off a field, wild panning shots show faces, volleyball net, camp buildings at a DP camp. The young men and women congregate in a line. 01:19:37 CU, man with two mugs smiles and talks to the camera; two women. DP camp camp building with people in the window. Large residence. VAR CUs, DPs, young girls dancing, schoolchildren. The children stare at the camera, hold hands, dance in concentric circles, smile, play, and chat. 01:22:35 Brief shot of Boder with the children, boy sings for the camera, playing. 01:23:27 Elders pose for the camera. (glimpse of girl with head bandage seen before on FV4234)