Title ID 5772Collection ID799
Title[Three Swiss Newsreel Items: Pestalozzi Children Village in Trogen]
Date[ca. 1950]
KeywordsCeremonies Charities Children Dance Schools Youth Youth Organizations National Dress
LocalGeneva Trogen
NationalSwitzerland Europe
ProductionSchweizer Film Wochenschau [Swiss Film Newsreel]
Commissioning bodyPestalozzi International Village Trust
DistributorCentral Office of Information, London
Other creditsGerman commentary
FormatBlack & White Sound
Duration4min. 55sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of three short films about the Pestalozzi village at Trogen, Switzerland accompanied by a German commentary. Celebrations are held to mark the opening of the village; children are seen making models and perform songs and dances; and English war orphans arrive in Switzerland and are greeted by the British Consulate-General.


Titles: "Schweizer Film Wochenschau, no. 450" [Swiss Cinema Newsreel, no. 450] "Vereinigte Nationen" [United Nations] The film opens with internal and external shots of the United Nations Building, Geneva. The narrator explains that Pestalozzi is a new organisation celebrating world peace. Pestalozzi children at village in Trogen. The narrator explains that at the village, the united nations are a living reality. Celebrations to mark the founding of the village; a time capsule is placed in the ground and buried. The children perform folklore dances from Bayern, Finland, Italy and Greece.

"Für die Pestalozzi-Kinder, Schweizer Filmwochenschau” [For the Pestalozzi Children, Swiss Film Newsreel]

The film opens with children making model villages and farms. The narrator explains there are examples from Greece, Southern France, Italy, the Alsace and Finland. The children's first drawings are seen on display. The English children perform a song and a dance.

“Welcome! Schweizer Wochenschau” [Welcome! Swiss Weekly News]

A Swiss Air aeroplane arrives at an airport. The narrator explains that thirty English war orphans are arriving on the forth September and are going to the Pestalozzi village at Trogen. The film ends with an official welcome, conduced by the British Consulate-General.