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Family activities at the house in Bítýška; friend in uniform; children get haircuts

Film | Accession Number: 2020.177 | RG Number: RG-60.7092 | Film ID: 4460

“The last visit in Bítýška at the yard” in September 1938. Baby Elizabeth Shenk with newspaper. 01:00:39 Michael in shorts with tall socks. Cousins from Prague visit the summer cottage: Felix Landsmann (school-age boy in striped suit, b. 1930, died in Auschwitz) with his mother Lilli (niece of Michael Eckstein) in the foyer. Lilli in trenchcoat plays table tennis with her husband Hans (b. 1898, died in Auschwitz) and her son Gustav (b. 1926, died in Auschwitz). Michaela plays in the yard with stroller; Felix on a tricycle. Michael Eckstein (on left) with his brother Jakob Eckstein (in dark suit) watching the children. Toddler Antonín sits upright in the carriage. Nannies playfully toss Michaela in the air, she laughs. 01:03:21 The Ecksteins say farewell to their visitors, shiny Packard (same as in film #6): Hans (in hat) shakes hands with uncle-in-law Michael, the boys shake hands with their Uncle Jakob, Hans hugs his boys, and a well-dressed unknown woman in suit and hat says goodbye. They get into the Packard and the driver (chauffeur) takes off. A housekeeper closes the gate. Gustav plays with the dog in garden at Bítýška. Gustav and Felix sit on a blanket and play cards and wrestle in the grass. 01:06:24 Michaela on the tricycle; Antonín gets a turn. They pose for the camera and have a meal outdoors with their father, Michael. They play in a playpen indoors and read books. Antonín in a stroller.

01:11:16 In Brno at Hlínky 35, a young man in uniform, possibly nephew Stefan Freudenfeld (son of Berta) visits Jakob and Michael in the outdoor garden. They talk. He salutes and poses for the camera. The babies are fed by the nannies. Michaela dances indoors with her uncle Jakob. Antonín crawling and pulling himself up to walk.The children get haircuts. Antonín holds a balloon in his playpen.

Event:  1938 September
Veverská Bítýška, Czechoslovakia
Brno, Czechoslovakia
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Michaela Kilianová and Jaroslav Kilian
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:00:40
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