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Prewar Warsaw: street and family scenes

Film | Accession Number: 2007.91.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4583 | Film ID: 2838

The camera pans across a bustling street scene, including lots of people, streetcars (one is marked with the number 21), buildings, and a horse-drawn buggy. The large building which dominates the background is the Grand Theater. The streetcar runs along Senatorska Street. An older Jewish man makes faces at the camera and several younger men wrestle with him briefly. Another elderly Jew smiles. He is instructed by the young men around him to look at the camera. 01:01:11 More crowded street scenes in Nalewki Street in the Jewish quarter. Many shop signs visible, including one sign with Hebrew lettering (Yiddish) at 01:02:08. Young boys mug for the camera. Nice portrait of an elderly Jewish man at 01:02:52. 01:02:59 People exit what is probably the Mirowska Hala covered market. Shots of outdoor market stalls adjacent to the Mirkowska Hala. A Jew exits a door and walks quickly down the street. The screen fades to white then to black from 01:03:41 to 01:04:07 and comes back in on a shot of the donors' grandfather, Benjamin Wolman, standing in front of some trees. Benjamin Wolman smiles and talks to the cameraman, who is his son (see biographical notes field). The next shots show Benjamin Wolman's second wife Sarah Rubinstein and their two daughters, Esther and Bronka. Various shots of husband and wife and daughters. Benjamin Wolman and Sarah Rubinstein stare into the camera and then start smiling and laughing. The last scenes were shot on Robert Wolman's trip back to the United States. One shot shows a sailor posing by the ship rail and the rest of the scenes show the ship and the ocean.

Film Collection Title
Wolman Family Collection
Event:  1932
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Rita Wolman Stern and Deborah Wolman Rosen
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:46:15
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