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Robert Gessner Film Collection

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2014.534
Collection Summary
Robert Gessner was a Jewish American screenwriter, author of several books, and founder of the Cinema Studies program at New York University. He traveled to several European countries in 1934 and shot the footage donated to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum by his son, Peter. The footage was severely compromised and required a re-plasticization procedure that lasted months before transfers could be safely made. The footages shows Jewish life in prewar Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Palestine, Minsk, and Warsaw among other places. Gessner wrote a book about his journey in 1936 called "Some of My Best Friends are Jews" in which he explicitly warned of antisemitism and the Nazi threat in Europe.
Credit
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Peter Gessner
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Busy streets and city life of Jews and Arabs in Palestine

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1768 | Film ID: 4118

Date
Event:  1934

Religious Jews in Minsk; Farm life and factories in Russia

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1769 | Film ID: 4118

Date
Event:  1934

Synagogues and Jewish businesses in Paris; summer camp for children

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1770 | Film ID: 4119

Date
Event:  1934

Bustling Jewish life in Berlin

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1771 | Film ID: 4119

Date
Event:  1934

Jewish businesses in Vienna

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1772 | Film ID: 4119

Date
Event:  1934

The Jewish quarter and cemetery in Prague

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1773 | Film ID: 4119

Date
Event:  1934

Burial for Dollfuss in Vienna

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1774 | Film ID: 4120

Date
Event:  1934 July 28

Life in Palestine

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1775 | Film ID: 4120

Date
Event:  1934

Market and Jewish quarter of Krakow

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1776 | Film ID: 4120

Date
Event:  1934

Factory with women sewing; rubble; family poses for camera

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1823 | Film ID: 4167

Date
Event:  1934

Synagogue in Moscow, Jews praying

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1824 | Film ID: 4167

Date
Event:  Fall 1934

Gessner visits ancient ruins in Egypt

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1825 | Film ID: 4168

Date
Event:  1934

Gessner visits Italy

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1826 | Film ID: 4168

Date
Event:  1934

Prints of Hitler in a shop window in Germany

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1827 | Film ID: 4168

Date
Event:  1934

Gessner returns to ruins in Egypt

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1828 | Film ID: 4168

Date
Event:  1934

Beach and farm in Palestine, 1934

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1829 | Film ID: 4169

Date
Event:  1934

Wilno Great Synagogue area (Shulhoyf)

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1830 | Film ID: 4169

Date
Event:  1934

Children

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1831 | Film ID: 4169

Date
Event:  1934

Gessner visits Moscow

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1832 | Film ID: 4169

Date
Event:  1934

Crowd outside of synagogue in Moscow

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1833 | Film ID: 4169

Date
Event:  Fall 1934

Tent camp

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1834 | Film ID: 4169

Date
Event:  1934
 
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