Home movies of Sigal family in Zborow, Lvov, and Berezhany
- Event Date
- Summer 1936
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Margaret Siegel Weiss
Margaret Siegal Weiss (the donor, age 12) and her father Morris (42) spent six weeks visiting family in Zborow from July to August 1936.
01:25 Arrival in Zborow during the summer of 1936. Margaret (the donor) stands next to her Aunt Minke Pasternak. Mountains (from plane window?). Village, main square and street on market day. MS, yardgoods store belonging to Margaret's grandmother Sara Pasternak Lifschutz. Uncle Jonas Pasternak (28) stands in front of the doorway. Pan, town and shops. 03:58 Polish monument in Lvov. 04:07 Scenes at a picnic at Zborow's town pond. The donor's cousins Eva (22), Manuel (19), and Max (15) Halpern are shown, as well as Aunt Minnie (19), her older sister Clara, and Uncle Solomon Pasternak (24). Margaret swims with Manuel and Max. Family relaxes, eats, and smokes by the water. 04:46 Grandfather Sigal's house on the main square. Family members standing in front of the house, incl. Uncle Mendel Halpern, his daughter Eva, Grandmother Sigal, Grandfather Sigal, Manuel, and his mother Bruncia. The house is 3 stories tall and both families lived there. 05:10 People swimming and relaxing at lake. 05:43 Neighborhood of Grandmother Sara's house two blocks from the main square in Zborow. Aunt Clara, Grandmother Sara, and neighbors stand in front of her house. Pan of house EXT and surroundings. 06:43 Swimming at lake. Quick shot of Grandfather Sigal sitting. Morris stands next to Margaret as she plays with a bicycle. Brief shot of two boys. Playing volleyball. Group shot (too dark to decipher). 07:42 Lake in the resort town of Berezhany located an hour southwest of Zborow. Aunt Hencia (Morris's sister) lived in Berezhany with her family. Margaret in a kayak with cousin Jorge (15). More shots of family, lake, shop windows, family (all very dark). 10:45 Margaret walks with her Aunt Minnie, Uncle Jonas, and Uncle Solomon. INT of house (dark).
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Home movies of Margaret Siegal Weiss and her father Morris’s visit to family in Zborov, Poland and other European cities during the summer of 1936. It was Morris’s first trip back home since he emigrated to the United States in 1911. Scenes show the family’s yardgoods store, the boycott of Jewish merchants at the summer fair, a town picnic, the lake in Berezhany, and family members and their homes. Many individuals who appear in the film did not survive the Holocaust.
Margaret Siegal Weiss (the donor, age 12) and her father Morris (42) spent six weeks visiting family in Zborow from July to August 1936. 02:08 Title: "Main Street - The Broadway and Boulevard of Zborov" Road leading to Zborow (shot by Nathan Okun, also from Zborow - he is the man in the white hat). Pedestrians, homes. Brief sequence of family, child running towards camera. Pan countryside, village with homes. Quick pan, group of six men. 03:07 Large group poses for a picture, summer (perhaps in the U.S.?). Morris appears near the end of the group posing for the picture, next to a man with mustache and in front of a man with a cap and glass. Group of men with baseball gear, playing, spectators, "Field" sign in BG. 04:21 Pan, Zborow market stalls, tents, shuttered stores during the summer of 1936. Some Jewish merchants were boycotted, including those with stores on the main village square. 05:13 Jewish children pose in front of the Talmud Torah. This is the school that Morris attended with his father Alexander (Sender) Sigal. Some INT shots where children sit at desks with teachers. 06:11 Jewish cemetery, tombstones. 06:37 Family scenes, including Grandmother Sara Pasternak Lifschutz (60) with her daughters Clara (27) and Minke (20); paternal grandmother (with babushka) Sara Rikower Sigal (79); grandfather Sender (81). Group photograph of the Sigal family, including Margaret (little girl) who holds a picture of her Uncle Shumel who lived in Vienna. Aunt Bruncia (52) and her husband Mendel Halpern with their children Eva (22), Manuel (16), and Max (18). Eva is the only member of the Sigal family who survived. She was hidden by a non-Jewish farmer along with 6-7 others. After two years in Paris after the war, she immigrated to the U.S. with Morris's help. 07:31 Margeret, Aunt Minke, and cousins Max and Manuel swim in a pond in Zborow. 07:52 In Berezhany, Poland, Aunt Hencia Gross and her children Molly and Jorge. Uncle Joe (from Lvov) also appears. 08:30 Grave in Vienna cemetery of Amalie (Mical) Sigal. The donor is named after the family member buried here; the site is identified at Grave 31, Marker 62. 08:40 Uncle Shumel and his future bride Susy Freedman at a resort in Baden, Austria. Shots of the resort town with park statues, fountains, and a lake; Margaret appears in many scenes with her Uncle and Susy. Margaret is also buried in the sand.