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March of Time -- outtakes -- Benes of Czechoslovakia; Raczkiewicz and Sikorski of Poland; ceremony at Paris synagogue

Film | Accession Number: 2004.723.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4066 | Film ID: 2729

War preparations in Paris. Sandbag fortifications around the Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier. Edvard Benes, exiled president of Czechoslovakia, is received by Czechs living in Paris. The dope sheet states that the meeting took place at the same house on the Rue Bonaparte where Benes and Tomas Masaryk founded the Czech Republic after World War I. A group of men rises and claps as Benes enters in the company of Stefan Osusky, the Czech ambassador. A man identified as Stransky welcomes Benes. Benes speaks.

Scenes inside the Polish embassy showing Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, the President of the Polish government-in-exile, with Wladyslaw Sikorski, the Prime Minister, among others. Sikorski and Raczkiewicz are shown together almost alone in the frame at 01:37:10. Raczkiewicz is the taller of the two men. The scene switches to show Edvard Benes and Stefan Osusky, the Czech ambassador, talking on a balcony. Then Benes and General Sergej Ingr consult a map.

01:40:23 A ceremony held at a Paris synagogue to commemorate Poland's war dead. Good shots of Rabbi Isaie Schwartz, Chief Rabbi of France. A group of men hold the Polish flag in front of them. Shots of the audience, including the Barons Robert and Edouard de Rothschild. People leave the synagogue.

Event:  October 1939
Paris, France
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:51
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