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German siege of Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 1939

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.3977 | Film ID: 3003

01:04:12:20 CU, shot from low angle of signs on a large contemporary, concrete block apartment building- the address and other information are visible - written in Polish, identifies construction company, etc. located in Warsaw, Poland. Camera then pans the building, which looks deserted, although the bombing has not damaged it.

01:04:23:17 MLS of a destroyed area of Warsaw; it seems to be a bridge over one portion of the river and an entrance into the city from an outlying suburb. Polish soldiers on horseback patrol the bridge, some people are walking along the bridge, one cyclist passes by, CU from edge of bridge of the rubble, in the BG people carrying bundles can be seen walking on the bridge. MS of a destroyed houseboat along the river. More pans of the riverbanks and the bridge far off in the distance now.

01:04:55:02 CU of a large shell casing. Cut to a MLS of bombed out buildings, a soldier and a young boy mill about in the BG, frame right. Pan of an entire street of wreckage. VS, the inhabitants of this area setting up makeshift homes outside, pots of water, trying to clean up, and clean themselves off, etc. They are rescuing all they can from the wreckage of their homes. They are piling chairs, pictures of the Madonna, plates, etc, outside on the ground. 01:05:26:22 A woman comes and picks up her picture of the Madonna and holds it up for the camera, with her two children standing beside her. More shots of the family sifting through the rubble, END

Event:  1939 September
Production:  1940
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:50:09
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