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German siege of Warsaw, Sept. 1939

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.4159 | Film ID: 3015

Warsaw, Poland 1939: Refugees on the streets of Warsaw, VS of people in the immediate aftermath of a German air raid. CU: a young woman is very uncomfortable with the camera on her, she holds her hand to her face, her expression is between a smile and despair, she is trying to remain composed for the camera. MS, a woman carries a bundle of all of her belongings wrapped in a blanket on her back as she flees from her neighborhood on the outskirts of Warsaw's city center that has been under attack by the Germans. 01:12:17: Dead horse, covered in lime, being dragged from the middle of the street by a group of men. VS of the dead horse, very unpleasant to look at, a symbol of the agony of the city. Polish refugees on the move, several families, VS of men, women and children, against the backdrop of a crumbling city, many are heading to makeshift shelters after their homes have been destroyed. 01:13:33 Julien Bryan with the people of Warsaw, standing in the rubble with them, a crowd gathers and they are all cheering for him, shaking his hand, giving him food, etc, Bryan smiles somewhat awkwardly and turns for a moment to the camera. NOTE THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE SPEED OF THE FILM HERE. THIS SHOT IS RUNNING AT SLOWER SPEED, MOST LIKELY THE CAMERAMAN WAS OVERCRANKING THIS SHOT. BRYAN DID NOT HAVE HIS USUAL CAMERA CREW WITH HIM ON THIS TRIP. THE CAMERA IS MOST LIKELY IN THE HANDS OF AN INEXPERIENCED CAMERA OPERATOR. BRYAN HAD A POLISH INTERPRETER AND ASSISTANT ASSIGNED TO HIM BY THE MAYOR OF WARSAW. 01:14:35: More scenes of the wreckage in Warsaw; bombed out rail cars, smoldering power lines, destroyed market, etc. A soldier surveys the wreckage at the rail yard. VS of soldiers walking through wreckage. VS of the destroyed hospital in Warsaw.

Event:  1939 September
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:41
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