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USHMM-edited version of the German propaganda film on the Warsaw ghetto

Film | RG Number: RG-60.2191 | Film ID: 2270

***This footage is from a roughly ninety-minute propaganda film that was never finished or shown publicly. It was created by a German propaganda camera team in the spring of 1942.The Nazi regime created these ghettos and imprisoned Jews within them, subjected them to these conditions of starvation and disease and overcrowding. And yet, with a film like this, they hoped to suggest that these conditions were chosen by the Jews, that they were natural Jewish living conditions. This film is considered propaganda because it is heavily staged, omits selective information, attempts to establish grotesque stereotypes, and exaggerates many elements of reality. This German propaganda film ended up on the shelf, never finished, never shown, never given a sound track that we know of. It seems that the development of the war and of the genocidal acts in 1942 probably made this irrelevant as propaganda. Mass deportations of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto began soon after filming was completed.***

This is an edited version of Stories 2114 and 2115. Footage shows propaganda scenes of the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942, including processing new arrivals, Czerniakow in the Jewish Council building, street scenes, Jewish police striking people and moving them along the street, boys brought to prison, women in prison yard, people walking in the streets, and moving and burying corpses in a mass grave. Some scenes are slowed and highlighted to show German propaganda cameramen filming in the ghetto.

Event:  1942 May
Production:  November 2000
Warsaw, Poland
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:34
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