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Westerbork films
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Westerbork films - Post view
Region / Country - Europe • North America > Netherlands
Year of Registration 2017
Possessing Institutions Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Management Institution Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
During spring 1944 Jewish deportee Rudolf Breslauer documented the every day life in the Westerbork transit camp on film, commissioned by the German camp commander Albert Gemmeker. Gemmerker ment to produce a professional film for Public relations, possibly to show the economic value of the camp. The Westerbork Film was never completed, but much of the raw footage is preserved. Bres.auer documented the Tuesday train transports to other concentration camps, though most images picture 'moments of normalcy', healthy men women working in workshops, playing sports, children at school, or scences at the hospital, cabaret and even a church sercive. Since 1948 fragments of the film have been widely used in documentaries, films or newscreels. Footage of the transports, especially the scene of the Dutch Sinti girl Settela Steinbach who looks at us from behind the doors of a boxcar, became iconic for the systematic extermination programme of the Nazis.