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Pető prepares a film of the Jewish Labor Company 252/2 in Hungary in fall 1940

Film | Accession Number: 2019.432 | RG Number: RG-60.7061 | Film ID: 4438

Agfa 8 logo. Hungarian titles throughout. Short prologue film: “Kedves Barátom” (Dear friend,). Text of a letter that Győrgy wrote, ends with his signature. INT doorway, dimly lit, as Győrgy enters through the doorway. CU table, he puts down several items: a box with “E.K. Co. Rochester, NY” (E.K. for Eastman Kodak), two boxes with lightbulbs in them, a box that says “Eumig Klebepresse” on it (Eumig is an Austrian electronics manufacturer, Klebepresse is a splicer), and a camera case. He opens the box with the splicer. He cranks a home movie camera as he leans in to look through it. [Negative images] Street, with a person on a bike riding down the sidewalk]. Győrgy , who moves the camera a little from left to right, while still looking through it. [Another negative shot] Horse-drawn buggy on the streets. Győrgy turns the camera to his right. He sits in front of a film editor. He opens a film canister to reveal an 8mm film reel, which he threads through the machine. After attaching an empty reel to the other end of the editing device, he takes a drag from a cigarette, and puts the cigarette in an ashtray, as he continues to thread the film. MS Győrgy , stand next to a film projector. A series of cuts showing him putting the film reel on the projector, and setting up an empty reel on the other end of the projector. The lights go out around him as he adjusts with the focus on the projector.

The main film of the Jewish Labor Company 252/2 begins as letters gradually spell out the word “Emléklap Átosok” over two shovels and a circle made of barbed wire. “Egy pár derűs pillanat a Kiszombori zsidó munkásszázad életéből” “Fotografálta: Pető Győrgy ” “A feliratokat rajzolta” “A felvételek 1940 Szept. utolsó és Okt. első Napjaiban Készültek.” (Recorded last days of September and first days of October 1940). “Személyek” (in typefont) listing officers, sergeants, and crew -- the names of individuals in the Jewish labor company 252/2 at Kiszombor. There were over 200 members of the company. “A század Tanyája: Grand Hotel ‘Selmeczi’” with drawing of a hotel bellhop. 03:15 Sign on a brick wall: “M.KIR.252/ Táborizsidó -Munás Század- Század Szállás”. EXT of Selmeczy’s mill, a steam powered mill on the outskirts of Kiszombor. 03:25 MS three men in military uniform standing in front of the mill, talking with each other. “Hajnali Sorakozó” 15 workers lined up on a cobblestone street standing before a military officer. “Kivonulas” Around 200 men, each one holding a shovel, walking away from the building, as their superior officers look on. A different angle, this time showing the long line of workers in the Jewish labor company marching down a dirt road, each one wearing a (white?) armband. Another shot of the column of men, this time from a different angle, allowing us to see the mill in the background. 03:52 Photographer Bela Liebmann standing directly behind the man smiling and waving at the camera. Several more shots of the workers marching, in smaller groups. 04:36 Title with a drawing of a shovel: “A munkahelyen”. A group of men are digging a long ditch, which is already mostly full of water (they are digging an irrigation ditch from the Mures river). On the left side of the ditch is a row of houses, and on the other side are some trees. A series of shots from different angles show the men working on the irrigation ditch, as overseers look on. 05:13 MCU of a balding man in a white shirt named Endre “Bandi” Kardos, a good friend of Pető . Two men pretend to whip him into action. The men continue to work on the ditch. CUs, older officer. Another officer climbs into a buggy with driver and horse; and a second soldier joins him before they depart. “Felvételezők munkában” Three workers haul a small wheelbarrow (they are smiling). “Utban makó felé” Men and bicycles in a buggy move along a dirt road. Two workers collect bread in a basket. The parked buggy. “A 100-ad fürdőszobája.” A man “bathes” outdoors from a communal spigot; another man fills a canteen with water. “Mellékhelyiség egyéb.” Outdoor latrine in a corn field. “Vége az I. résznek” Film ends 07:39

Event:  September-October 1940
Szeged, Hungary
Kiszombor, Hungary
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Dr. Katalin Pető
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:46:39
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