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German siege of Warsaw, Poland 1939

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.3983 | Film ID: 3003

Dead woman with a basket over her head. MS, two women and one man approach this woman's body when she is still laying face down in the dirt, they roll her over, she is now lying face up, the basket is next to her head (I don't believe it has been placed over her head yet), and then they walk on. The man looks back at the camera a few times after passing the dead woman's body. Cut to MS, three women in the field digging for potatoes, CU of an injured woman. Cut to MS, refugees of the bombing teaming around their destroyed neighborhood, the site seems to be the former cemetery that is also mentioned in Julien Bryan's book "Siege" (1940). MS, near a statue of Jesus, two women pump water from a fountain that is still working. LS, high angle, from the interior of a bombed out building, we can see residents standing in the rubble outside the window. 01:13:14:05 Bryan sits among the rubble talking to those who have lost their home, one woman is fixing her hair, another speaks with Bryan and reaches over to offer him a potato, he thanks her and smiles. More shots of men cleaning up rubble, digging ditches, etc. 01:14:16:20 Good sequence of shots of Bryan posing with a larger group of victims of the bombing raids, all assembled in the middle of the rubble. Long CU on an older woman who retells her part of the story, cut to the two young boys reading Mickey Mouse comics (JB mentions this in the book "Siege", (1940) as well). Return to a MS of the elderly woman featured in an earlier shot in this sequence, looking a bit bewildered, and milling about in front of a destroyed building with several other women and children around her, a young girl in a sailor style outfit comes up on screen right, and begins to look directly at the camera.

Event:  1939 September
Production:  1940
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:50:11
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