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Jewish children prepare to embark on the SS Mouzinho, 1941

Film | Accession Number: 2019.562 | RG Number: RG-60.7107 | Film ID: 4475

Jewish refugee children, many from internment camps in unoccupied France, gather in Portugal to embark on the SS Mouzinho for the United States. The voyage, including hundreds of Jewish refugees, was arranged by the JDC, with assistance from the United States Committee for the Care of European Children (USCOM), HICEM, OSE, and the American Friends Service Committee.

01:00:03 At a children’s colony in São Pedro do Estoril, Portugal, LS of a road before the “Colónia Balnear Infantil Do Seculo” building. Beach. Men and women direct a large group of young refugees (children and teenagers) to line up. American flags are distributed to the smiling children, who are wearing name tags and new clothing and wave the flags. 01:02:12 JDC’s European Director Morris Troper (who organized the ship transport) shakes hands with João Pereira da Rosa, Director of O Seculo newspaper. The Jewish refugees are arranged in a semi-circle around the two officials.The children wave American and Portuguese flags. A boy reads from a paper, receives a hug, and shakes hands. Teenage girls dance in a circle. Children stand in the courtyard, gates in BG. An official leads the children as they walk in a line, and wave their flags. Morris Troper and João Pereira da Rosa watch. Three women distribute chocolate bars to the children from the porch of the building. Children lean over the fence, posing and waving their flags.

01:06:31 View up at SS Mouzinho ship at the Lisbon dock with officials and sailors looking out. Morris Troper waves from the ship. AJJDC flag hanging from the ship waves in the breeze. Crowd of children and other refugee passengers on dock beside the ship, painted on the side with “MOUZINHO PORTUGAL”. Children sitting with suitcases. Children walking up the gangplank to board the ship, many have a small white name-tag hanging from their neck. Sailors help them board. A man hands the children flowers as they board. CU, children receive flowers and flags. 01:08:55 CU of a small girl holding a doll. The children and other refugee passengers wave to crowds on shore from the ship “Mouzinho Baleeira N. 5”. LS of the children waving and throwing streamers from the ship “MOUZINHO PORTUGAL.” Camera pans over ship, smokestacks and lifeboats. A large crowd waves from the harbor, among them are artist Marc Chagall and his wife. The gangplank is removed. 01:09:45 Morris Troper waves from shore. CU of Jewish refugees waving from ship windows. JDC flag. MOUZINHO. Ship embarks.

The children who appear in this footage include the following, according to their name-tag identification number:
01:01:18:13 and 01:04:17:00 and 01:05:23:00 - Susi Kasper Leiter (the girl waving the flags in the flannel/checkered skirt).
01:01:55:00 and 01:04:10:00 and 01:04:38:00 and 01:05:00:00 and 01:05:22:00 and 01:05:49:00 and 01:06:05:00 - Betty Hirschhorn
01:02:16:23 - #79 Lore Flanter
01:02:21:18 - #90 Dora Safrin
01:02:41:17 - #24 Michel Tugendreich
01:03:22:21 and 01:03:27:09 - Josette Leib Faingold (girl in dark coat, Portuguese flag in hand, in front of girl with the light-colored dress)
01:03:23:13 and 01:03:29:15 - #63 Margot Weinberg
01:07:03:03 - #08 Bertold Martin Cohn
01:07:08:20 - #01 Robert Bergmann
01:08:42:09 - #23 Hans Wilhelm Singer
01:08:45:13 and 01:08:45:17 - #6 Martin Bar
01:08:47:16 - #33 Norbert Felber

Film Title
SS Mouzinho
Event:  1941 June 10
Lisbon, Portugal
São Pedro do Estoril, Portugal
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives
Record last modified: 2021-09-28 09:23:06
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