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Scene still from the film “Women in Bondage” (1944)

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    Scene still from the film “Women in Bondage” (1944)


    Brief Narrative
    Scene still for the American feature film, “Women in Bondage,” released by Monogram Pictures in January 1944. Scene stills are photographs taken on or off the set of a motion picture and are then used as marketing and advertising tools. The film depicts the degradation in status that women experienced in Nazi-controlled Germany. The protagonist, Margot Bracken, returns to Germany after years away, and has difficulties conforming to her new role in the Third Reich. To create their new Aryan Germany, throughout the 1930s, the Nazi government glorified Aryan German women who focused on the domestic sphere and raising children. From the age of 10, girls were compelled to join the Nazi League of German Girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel; BDM) and attended summer labor camps, where they were indoctrinated with gender appropriate Nazi ideology. The Nazis encouraged “racially pure” women to have multiple children, but banned those with handicaps or certain diseases from marrying. The government offered public support for families, and awarded the Cross of Honor of the German Mother to women who bore four or more children. Both the director and producer of “Women in Bondage” observed this culture first hand, as German Jews who fled Berlin after Hitler came to power in 1933. The writer of the original story also left Germany after his production company was seized and nationalized to make Nazi propaganda. This object is one of more than 1,200 objects in the Cinema Judaica Collection of materials related to films about World War II and the Holocaust as well as Jewish, Israeli, and biblical themes.
    Cinematic Release:  1944 January
    creation: United States
    distribution: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ken Sutak and Sherri Venokur
    front, bottom right corner, printed, white : 466-148 / [illegible]
    Compiler: Ken Sutak
    Production Company: Monogram Pictures
    Distributor: Monogram Pictures
    The Cinema Judaica Collection consists of more than 1,200 objects relating to films about World War II and the Holocaust as well as Jewish, Israeli, and biblical subjects, from 1923 to 2000, from the United States, Europe, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina. The collection was amassed by film memorabilia collector Ken Sutak, to document Holocaust-and Jewish-themed movies of the World War II era and the postwar years. The collection includes posters, lobby and photo cards, scene stills, pressbooks, trade ads, programs, magazines, books, VHS tapes, DVDS, and 78 rpm records.

    Sutak organized these materials into two groups, “Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939–1949” and “Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle, 1950–1972” and, in conjunction with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum (now the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York), organized exhibitions on these two themes in 2007 and 2008. Sutak subsequently authored companion books with the same titles.

    Physical Details

    Film stills.
    Physical Description
    Black-and-white photographic scene still from the movie, “Women in Bondage.” The photograph depicts a woman sitting on the ground with her arms wrapped around a cylindrical pillar. Her wrists are bound and she is holding onto a metal ring attached to the back of the pillar and above the height of her head. Three uniformed Nazis, two male and one female, stand behind the pillar and look down at the woman. The male officer on the right is holding a whip, his hand raised and ready to strike. On the left side, a second whip is visible, the end on the shoulder of the woman bound to the pillar, it’s user beyond the frame. In the lower right corner are two lines of white numbers, the bottom of which is cut out of the frame. There is a small tear in the lower left edge.

    Left to Right:
    Gertrude Michael as District Director Schneider, Nancy Kelly as Toni Hall, others unidentified
    Overall: Height: 8.000 inches (20.32 cm) | Width: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Copyright status is unknown.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    United States.

    Administrative Notes

    The scene still was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by Ken Sutak and Sherri Venokur.
    Record last modified:
    2023-05-24 12:29:39
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