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Family scenes in Prague; Beaune-la-Rolande transit camp in France in 1941

Film | RG Number: RG-60.7167 | Film ID: 4338, 4339

Amateur film shot by Paul Engelmann, a Czech chemical engineer incarcerated by the French authorities in the internment camp at Beaune-la-Rolande (Loiret).

Film ID 4338 (excerpt from reel 1): Paul Engelmann in Prague before his emigration to France in March 1939. Paul and a woman smile while holding and petting a dog. The couple walks towards the camera smiling in Prague.

Film ID 4339 (excerpts from reels 3 and 4): Clandestine scenes of the daily life of the non-French Jewish inmates (prior to their deportation to Auschwitz in June 1942) at the Beaune-la-Rolande transit camp, most likely on May 14, 1941. Open air shelter. Prisoners sit down, tall fence in BG. (0:10-0:49) No image. Long, single story building with windows. Jewish inmates. Men play with a ball. INTs, rows of bunk beds. (1:57-2:21) No image. Two cylindrical towers side by side. Laundry lines. Fast and blurry shots. (3:54) Men walk between the barracks. One sits on a chair reading. Barbed wire fence. A person climbs down from the bunks, stands at a table and looks through a book, talking to another. Men hold buckets. (5:28) House on the other side of the fence. Unfinished brick wall. Man smokes. Queue of prisoners. Man sits on the ground beside a clothesline. Playing cards inside the barracks. Exteriors in the transit camp.

Event:  circa 1939
Event:  1941 May 14
Loiret, France
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:05:35
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