Unger family visits their Jewish relatives in a Polish village
- Event Date
- Summer 1932
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Rusty Unger
A young boy, Sy Unger, wrestles and kicks a dog in a field. Kalman Unger (man with a long beard) walks throughout the village. CU of the brick house the Ungers live in, a source of pride in a town where most houses are made of mud. Camera pans over the small town of Niebylec, Poland. Cows are led past the camera. A small boy (cousin) slides down a little hill barefoot. Kalman's second wife walks by the camera in a kerchief. A well dressed man pumps water from a well. People sit together on a bench. Sy performs tricks with an umbrella for the camera. A child rocks on a swing in a park in the forest. Pan over a field. Kalman stands with his son Morris (in a fedora), Morris' wife Ethel, and Sy as they look through a book. A man in a cap carries two buckets of water, he was known as 'Yankel, the town idiot'. The Unger family stands outside together, smoking and talking. Ethel looks down at them from a balcony. Kalman and Morris walk arm in arm. 01:06:41 Townspeople walk out of a kosher meat market (Spazedaz Miesa Josef Steinmetz). Children stand around a big car that the American Ungers (Morris, Ethel, and their two boys Robert and Sy) board for departure. Ethel stands with Kalman's wife (in a babushka) and Yankel.
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Morris Unger, his wife Ethel, and their sons Robert and Sy traveled from New York City to Morris' hometown, the village of Niebylec, Poland (Niblitz or Neblisch in Yiddish), in the summers of 1932 and 1934. Robert (age 15 in 1932) filmed their visit. The purpose was to visit Morris' father, Kalman Unger. There are scenes showing members of the Orthodox community going to synagogue and shots of the well-dressed Americanized Unger family socializing with the poor shtetl Jews.
The Unger family and townspeople stand around a car in the village of Niebylec. They stand in a group with Yankel; Morris sports a straw hat. Sitting in a car, Ethel poses with Kalman. The family departs in a buggy to visit friends in the countryside. The family is greeted by their friends. CU of Kalman and his friend conversing. 01:12:19 HAS, people gathering to go to synagogue. Men dressed in religious garb. Little children stand in the courtyard looking up at the camera, shooting from inside the window of a house. Ethel in a long dark coat and light dress and Sy stand together and look up at the camera. The Ungers stand together with their little cousins. Good CUs of Kalman, Sy, Ethel, and Morris. The Ungers in a field. Camera tracks people walking throughout the village, headed toward synagogue.
Grainy footage of the Polish Ungers standing by the sitting American Ungers. The little Unger cousins peer at the camera and roam about. Camera pans over the forest in the BG and lumber in the FG. 01:25:47 Monument in the middle of the village of Niebylec. The local constable walks by the camera. A man carrying a sack walks by with a cow; it is Market Day. Kalman Unger walks up a hill towards the camera. Livestock among the townspeople. A woman sells bread out of her wagon. Morris sits among children. A woman stands on the balcony rocking a baby. The Ungers prepare to leave and drive to Cracow as the entire town bids them farewell. A bouquet is presented. View of the Ungers house, windows. CU of Yankel as someone snatches his hat. Sy says goodbye. 01:30:43 Kalman and Morris share a tender goodbye, embracing for the last time. The American Ungers board their ship in Rotterdam with luggage. The ship departs. A plane flies over the ocean. CU of Sy Unger.