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Children play in the snow

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2020.177 | RG Number: RG-60.7100 | Film ID: 4468

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    Children play in the snow

    Overview

    Description
    Sledding in snow in Brno in February 1940 in front of their home. Antonin and Michaela take turns on the sled in the streets of Brno with their nanny. They play in the snowy gardens behind the home, shoveling snow in toy wheelbarrows, and trudge through the deep snow. 01:01:14 The camerawoman and mother, Toni, films from indoors, note the window pane at the bottom of the frame. On the streets, a nanny throws a snowball at the children, “Benzol” advertisement in the BG. 01:02:56 A man sweeps snow on the roof of the family’s three-story house, showing a rare view of the house from the frontside. Sign: “Kavarna Restaurace…” The children play in the snow. 01:03:25 The man tosses snowballs from the roof. Good MS of the Michaela and Antonin in the snowy mounds. They walk along the shoveled sidewalk. End 01:04:30
    Duration
    00:04:30
    Date
    Event:  1940 February
    Locale
    Brno, Czechoslovakia
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Michaela Kilianová and Jaroslav Kilian
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Antonie Eckstein-Bloch
    Subject: Michaela Kilianová
    Subject: Antonín Eckstein
    Biography
    Antonie (Toni) Eckstein-Bloch was adopted by Františka Kapoun (1873–1931), a Catholic housekeeper for the Bloch family. Toni’s first husband Emerich Schmeer (married in 1917) was killed in WW1 when he had to return to the battlefields. After the death of her step-father, Leopold Bloch, in March 1933, Toni became the successor of the Bloch properties in Brno and Veverská Bítýška. She married Leopold's close friend, Dr. Michael Eckstein, a Jew who was nearly 20 years her senior in March 1934. Toni and Michael lived primarily in two homes: Hlínky 35 (a prestigious boulevard with tram connections to the center of Brno in a bourgeois neighborhood) and the summer residence at Veverská Bítýška [Eichhorn-Bitischka] 238. Both properties are prominently pictured in Toni's films. Toni and Michael had two children, Michaela (born April 27, 1935) and Antonín (born October 19, 1936). Michael chose to move away from his Catholic wife, Toni, and the children on August 14, 1940 in order to protect the family. They officially divorced on September 19, 1940. In the last years of war Toni and the children stayed in Veverska Bityska, where they survived.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Excellent
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4456 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4462 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4464 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4466 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4467 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4468 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4469 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4470 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4456 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4462 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4464 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4466 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4467 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4468 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4469 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4470 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4456 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4462 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4464 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4466 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4467 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4468 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4469 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4470 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4456 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4462 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4464 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4466 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4467 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4468 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4469 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal
      Master 4470 Film: positive - 8 mm - b&w - reversal

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Jaroslav Kilian
    Conditions on Use
    The Museum does not own the copyright for this material and does not have authority to authorize third party use. For permission, please contact the rights holder, Jaroslav Kilian.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Michaela Kilianová deposited her family's 8mm films with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 2019 via an introduction from Ines Koeltzsch, a German historian working in Vienna on the Bloch family, another Jewish family from Brno.
    Copied From
    8mm
    Film Source
    Jaroslav Kilian
    File Number
    Source Archive Number: Reel 12
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:01:05
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