South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Habonim Documentary 1937 Leon Schauder #southafrica

Saul Issroff

I'm trying to locate the 1937 documentary on Habonim made by Leon
Schauder of Port Elizabeth. In Them Our Hopes (1937).

He died in a plane crash in Croydon in 1947.
I have contacted most archives and his family in SA without success.

from ESAT at :
Leon Schauder attended Grey High School in Port Elizabeth and while
there filmed the school's rugby tour to Natal. After matriculating, he
first went to Johannesburg hoping to find work as a photographer, but
then returned to Port Elizabeth to make In Them Our Hopes (1937), a
privately sponsored film on the Jewish Habonim youth movement that was
shown to considerable acclaim to local audiences. On the strength of
that and armed with various testimonials and recommendations, he
departed for London. He arrived during a slump in the film industry,
but eventually found work, first as an assistant director on Old Iron
(Tom Walls/1938) and then as an assistant editor on The Citadel (King

He then persuaded H. Bruce Woolfe of Gaumont-British Instructional to
give him a contract to make a number of shorts in South Africa. Twelve
O.P., Karoo and Nonquassi were shot during 1938-39 and he then
returned to England to edit them for the series Focus on the Empire.
They received good reviews, first in Great Britain and later in South
Africa. He worked as an editor on GBI's On Guard in the Air (1940)
and, after the Ministry of Information had bought the international
rights to Nonquassi, directed Shipbuilders (1940) and >from the Seven
Seas (1941) for them, both through GBI.

Saul Issroff

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