Schur Family Collection
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Possibly a kindergarten scene. Four little girls, posing for the camera, then running about happily. An infant is being placed into its carriage, CUs. Another baby. A few mothers with carriages gathered on a sidewalk. Children play. They begin raking sand or dirt of some kind.
01:01:08 Kids play, boys in lederhosen with hoops and sticks, girls with jump ropes. The boys try to climb the fence before giving up. Peter rides a scooter that is just a bit big for him. Peter plays with blocks (brief). A child writing, followed by a girl running behind a toy baby carriage.
01:02:41 Children playing in what appears to be a schoolyard. A teacher is present as they run about the yard and play in a sandbox. Young boys chase after slightly older girls.
01:03:23 Peter in a striped bathrobe plays indoors with wooden construction blocks. The picture is dark. He continues to play with an electric model train locomotive on an oval track.
Biography / History:
Dr. Max Schur was a psychoanalyst and Freud's personal physician. His wife, Helen (Kraus) Schur, was also a doctor. They married at the Seitenstettengasse synagogue in Vienna in 1930 and had two children, Peter (b.1933) and Eva (b.1935). The Schur family lived in Vienna from 1914 until June 10, 1938, when they left for London with visas obtained by Marie Bonaparte, who was Max Schur's medical patient. The Schurs left for New York in April 1939. After a brief stay during the spring of 1939, the family returned to London so that Dr. Schur could care for Freud, who was in the final stage of oral cancer. Years previously Freud had told Dr. Schur that he didn't want to suffer at the end of his life. On September 1939 Dr. Schur administered a dose of morphine that caused Freud to lapse into a coma and eventually die. The Schur family moved back to New York in October 1939.
Details taken from correspondence with Eva (Schur) Milofsky in February 2014 and Peter Schur's essay "The Freud-Schur Connection" delivered to the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association in February 1994.
2009.62 Peter Schur donated a VHS videocassette transfer of his family's original films to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 2009. The original film materials have not been located by the Schur family.
Betacam SP; VHS
01:00:01 - 01:04:14
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Peter Schur