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German siege of Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 1939

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.4134 | Film ID: 3008

Woman selling newspapers on the street. Cut to scene behind the American Embassy where, according to Julien Bryan's book "Siege", all the Americans were during the Siege. Scene of Americans practicing for heading underground during an attack, American flag in the ground, sand bags, etc. They are trying to string the flag so that it will somehow be visible from the air so that the Germans will not bomb them. Several of the men are wearing armbands. VS, sandbagging the American embassy in Warsaw. The men continue to point towards the sky, as they head underground, one man takes still photos. Another flag is draped on the roof of the building to warn the German planes.

01:08:24:00 Scene of destruction, birds take flight, INTs of the Catholic hospital, the nurses and mothers with newborn babies leaving the destroyed building. A baby carriage remains perched precariously on the edge of a bomb induced crater on the hospital grounds. VS of the nurses and nuns demonstrating the damage that was done to the hospital.

01:09:04:10 Chaos on the streets of Warsaw. Trucks full of sandbags, foot soldiers on patrol, refugees all about, piles of stones from destroyed buildings, men digging, more refugees crossing the Paderewski Bridge, soldiers continue to recruit able-bodied men that they find in the crowds of people coming over the bridge. MCU, On the bridge, a family with all their belongings, everyone seems to be smiling. Camera pans the group of refugees assembled there on the bridge, still in MCU, good CU of mother and daughter, then just of the little girl, staring intently at the camera, back to mother, then they pull out pictures of the little girl as a baby- they have all their possession with them. A man with a WWI military medal in MCU (part of the same family) more shots of this family- they have everything loaded on a bicycle. Soldiers patrol the bridge. MCU a woman carries a chicken, several other refugees. VS of people on the bridge, then more destruction along railway lines, and people swarming out of their neighborhoods.

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Event:  1939 September
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:50:25
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