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Visiting Italy

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.586.2 | RG Number: RG-60.7027 | Film ID: 4405

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    Visiting Italy

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    Description
    Lizzy Film Produktion. Mitglied des Klubs der Kinoamateure Osterreichs. “Riccione 1932” “Domus Mea. Unsere Pension” (00:00:25) Hans and his father Jakob Kessler walking out in the yard in a rented pension in Riccione, Italy. “Gang ins bad” Hans plays with a dog. Lizzy shows a sign above the gate that says, “Domus - Mea” and Jakob and Hans walk out of the gate under it. “Das meer” (00:01:41) Jakob and Hansi run and play along the beach. “Der strand” Hans and Jakob on the beach. “Badeleben” Lizzy is doing handstands in the water and then practices different swimming strokes. “Wettlauf” Hans and Jakob race each other on the sand. “Schwimm-Lection” Hans learns how to swim with the help of his father and a flotation device. Hans then walks around with his sailboat then races with his father again. Jakob swims in the water. “Dic Altstadt Rimini” (00:06:38) People ride around on bikes in the old town of Rimini. Hans walks with his family. “Das Augustus Tor” Hans and his family walk under the Augustus Gate “Alter Hof” Hans and his family walk through another historic site. “Auf der Fahrt nach San Marino” (00:07:53) Hans sits in the car and waves and smiles at the camera. “Die Erste Fahrt der neuen elektrischen Kleinbahn: Rimini-San Marino” An electric train goes by. Hans smiles and points to something in the distance. “Die Republik San Marino mit ihren alten, steilen Gässchen” The family walks through the streets. “Platz vor dem Rathaus” The square in front of the town hall is shown. “Hansi auf dem Söller” Hansi and the family wave from a balcony. “Im Innern” They walk through the streets. “Beim berűhmten Muskateller in der Grotta” (00:10:19) Hans eats a meal with Jakob. “Rückfahrt” The family gets ready for a ride. Hans opens his mouth wide. “Allein im Weltmeer” Hans swims in the ocean. “Gradara mit der mittelalterlichen Burg, in der Franceska da Rimini ihre Untreue mit dem tode basste.” (00:12:00) “Der Glockenturm” Hans and Jakob walk under the bell tower and up a steep street. “Die Zugbrűcke” Jakob and Hans walk across a drawbridge. “Alles Knipst” Lizzy and a man take pictures. “Blick auf die Burg” Jakob and Hans are seen walking in front of the castle and through the castle grounds. “Blick in den Burghof” “Fussball” (00:13:51) Hans kicks around a ball on the beach with his father Jakob. “Sturm” Rough waves hit the shore and a canoe. Hans is on the sand and runs away from the waves. “Ende”
    Duration
    00:16:14
    Date
    Event:  1932
    Locale
    Italy
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of John Otto Kessler
    Contributor
    Subject: John Otto Kessler
    Camera Operator: Alice Kessler
    Biography
    Hans Otto Kessler (later Dr. John Otto Kessler) was born in Vienna in 1928 to Alice Blanca Neuhut and Jakob Kessler. The family relocated to Baden, approximately thirty-five miles from Vienna when Hans (Hansi) was four-years old. His maternal grandfather retired from his role as the sales director of a light bulb company, and bought a hotel. Kessler lived in this hotel as a child where his mother cooked, and his father managed the expenses. Growing up, Kessler knew of his Jewish identity, but his family practiced Judaism socially rather than religiously. He was exposed to a variety of religions because his mother came from a predominantly Catholic family, and his maternal grandmother studied Buddhism. In 1938, shortly after the Nazis gained control of Austria, Kessler’s father was arrested and detained in Vienna. Kessler, along with his mother, and maternal grandmother, were baptized as Lutherans, potentially an effort of protection from Nazi control. Kessler’s mother, a resourceful woman who enjoyed reading English detective novels, used her language skills to secure a job in England. She received the position immediately, and managed to free her husband from prison. The Kesslers overcame the risky journey to England, narrowly escaping patrolmen at the border between Germany and Belgium. From Belgium, they boarded a ferry to England. In England, Kessler’s mother worked as a chef, and his father earned a living as a butler. Kessler assimilated and learned English at a boarding school near Sussex.
    John Kessler and his family immigrated to the United States in 1940. They lived in New York for one month. Kessler’s mother wanted to live in a warmer climate, and the family decided to relocate to Jacksonville, Florida. Kessler attended boarding school in Connecticut, and later moved to Jacksonville after his parents established themselves financially. Back in Vienna, Kessler’s grandparents could no longer manage the hotel, and felt threatened by Nazi control. They escaped to Cuba and joined Kessler’s family in 1941.
    Kessler attended high school in Jacksonville and was a stellar student, earning a scholarship to Columbia University. His father passed away in 1945, and his mother joined him in New York. Kessler earned a degree in physics, later achieving a PhD. He married his wife, Eva, in 1950. He began working at the University of Arizona in 1966, where he is currently a researcher and professor Emeritus.
    Alice Blanca Neuhut and Jakob Kessler lived in Vienna. Their son, Hans Otto Kessler (later Dr. John Otto Kessler), was born in 1928. Alice's father retired from his role as the sales director of a light bulb company, and bought a hotel. The Kessler family lived in this hotel where Alice cooked, and Jakob managed the expenses. Alice came from a predominantly Catholic family, and her mother studied Buddhism. In 1938, shortly after the Nazis gained control of Austria, Jakob Kessler was arrested and detained in Vienna. Alice, Hansi, and her mother had been baptized as Lutherans, and Alice, who enjoyed reading English detective novels, used her language skills to secure a job in England. She received the position immediately, and managed to free her husband from prison. The Kesslers overcame the risky journey to England, narrowly escaping patrolmen at the border between Germany and Belgium. From Belgium, they boarded a ferry to England. In England, Alice worked as a chef, and Jakob earned a living as a butler. They immigrated to the United States in 1940 and lived in New York for one month. Alice wanted to live in a warmer climate, so the family decided to relocate to Jacksonville, Florida. Back in Vienna, Alice's parents could no longer manage the hotel, and felt threatened by Nazi control. They escaped to Cuba and joined their family in the US in 1941. After Jakob died in 1945, Alice joined her son back in New York.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Excellent
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4405 Film: positive - 9.5 mm - b&w
      Master 4405 Film: positive - 9.5 mm - b&w
      Master 4405 Film: positive - 9.5 mm - b&w
      Master 4405 Film: positive - 9.5 mm - b&w

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    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
    John Otto Kessler donated his family collection of documents, photographs, artifacts, and film to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 2017.
    Film Source
    Professor John Otto Kessler
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:04:32
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