Settela peeks outside the death train to Auschwitz.
Last glance at the outside world for the 9-year-old Dutch Sinti girl Settela Steinbach just before these cattle car doors close , and this death train heads for Auschwitz on May 19 , 1944.
Anna Maria ‘Settela’ Steinbach peeks outside , at the last moment just before the sliding door is closed , standing inside a freight wagon with 74 people on May 19 , 1944 in the Westerbork concentration camp in Holland (75 people the moment the train leaves), when this deportation train leaves for Auschwitz-Birkenau – where Settela is murdered a few months later in one of the gas chambers.
Here she wears a headscarf made from a torn sheet, because the Nazis had her head shaved , and while Settela peeks outside , her mother cries behind her in the car : “Get out of there, or soon your head gets in between!”
She was filmed by the Jewish prisoner filmmaker Rudolf Breslauer as part of a documentary film being made on the Westerbork camp.
In 2017 I made two other short films of this moment (20170721 and 20170725 michelvanderburg.com).
Today 75 years later, on the occasion of the opening of the site Settela.com this new 1 minute slow-motion film (4:3 format) using the original Westerbork 1944 film rushes of Rudolf Breslauer from the archive of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Open Images). 20190519 ~ Settela ~ Settela.com
① memo 20190518 ~ Tadpole ~ Ditch , Green Heart , Holland
① memo 20190517 ~ LVIFFR Encore ~ Start special IFFR films ‘LVIFFR Encore’ in film theater LantarenVenster in Rotterdam, Friday May 10, 2019 by LantarenVenster director Pepijn Kuyper and IFFR director Bero Beyer before screening edition #1 of the LVIFFR Encore series ‘Take Me Somewhere Nice’ by Ena Sendijarevic (still in background)
① memo 20190516 ~ Reed ~ Around Alphen , Holland
① memo 20190515 ~ White Duckling Race ~ A little present – this shot of a white duckling racing against ‘normal’ dark colored ducklings – I got last Sunday , Holland
① memo 20190514 ~ Feather ~ Around Alphen , Holland
Europe 1 — Winston Churchill that sunny Sunday afternoon of 9 May 1948 on the Dam square in the heart of Amsterdam at the European rally “Europe 1” addressing the crowd with a “V” sign , saying :
“We hope to reach again a Europe … in which men will be proud to say, ‘I am a European’ …. a Europe where men of every country will think as much of being a European as of belonging to their native land, and that without losing any of their love and loyalty of their birthplace.
We hope wherever they go in this wide domain, to which we set no limits in the European Continent, they will truly feel “Here I am at home. I am a citizen of this country too”.
Film made using public domain footage offered by Beeld en Geluid via Open Images ( https://www.openbeelden.nl/media/1152285 )
① memo 20190513 ~ I am a European – Churchill