Herz Family Collection
Belle E. Moser
Family footage of the Herz family vacation in Europe in 1937. Footage shows images of Jewish-American life before World War II with its European roots.
In Germany, along the Rhine, tourist shots of river, a boat, crane industry on the shore, sailors. CU, Herz girl with camera. LS, chalets on shore, bridges. Street scenes with civilians on bicycles, steamboat, chalets in the mountains. In German town (Nuremberg?), street scenes, MS of food and ice cream vendor. CU Coca-Cola sign.
Film was transferred by Brodsky and Treadway.
This film was preserved with a 2010 National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) cash grant.
Biography / History:
Jacob Herz immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1912. He returned to visit his family on several occasions, the last of which is documented here. He took his wife and two daughters - Judith Hirsch (nee Herz) and Belle E. Moser (nee Herz, the donor). The purpose of this trip was to visit Jacob's father, Israel, as well as his wife's family. Many of them perished during the war. Jacob's father was a farmer in Wola, Poland. He built an outhouse to honor the arrival of his American relatives. Later, he was shot in front of his home because he was unable to climb into the wagon used to deport the rest of the family. The Herzs also visited cousins in Galicia and relatives in Vienna. The American Herz family sailed on the "Ile de France" from Brooklyn, New York with their car in steerage. They visited France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Poland. Both Judith and Belle kept diaries during this trip, which they hold in their possession.
2003.459 Belle E. Moser donated her father's collection of 8mm films to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in August 2003.
Belle E. Moser
8mm; DPX; 2K ProRes QT; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS; BluRay
01:04:57 - 01:09:28
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Belle E. Moser