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Jews in Poland; unearthing the Ringelblum Archives

Film | Accession Number: 2010.478.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4916 | Film ID: 2892

Immediate postwar documentary about the Jews in Poland during World War II. In Yiddish with English subtitles. Also called "We the Survivors".

06:12:59 to 06:13:58 Footage of the first unearthing of the Ringelblum Archives on September 19, 1946 in the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. During the war, Emanuel Ringelblum and a team of historians within the Warsaw Ghetto assembled an astonishing set of testimonies, documents, and photographs, which they preserved in buried milk cans to be unearthed after the war. Man arrives on a motorcycle at a large pile of rubble. Group of men stand at the entrance to the mound where men are uncovering two metal boxes containing the archives. CU as man opens one of the boxes filled with crumbling papers, followed by an interior shot of the five metal boxes being inspected.

Shotlist for entire film from the Fritz Bauer Institute - Cinematography of the Holocaust and Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive -- "Warsaw after WWII. Ruins of Warsaw ghetto. Cemetery. Transfer of books to Rabbi Herzog by Rabbi Kalman Kahane and Moshe Koss Bitzki. Song "El Ma'aleh Rachamim" with background pictures of temple ruins. Unearthing of buried Ringelblum Archives. The Jewish Council in Poland. Repatriation house in Łódź. Looking for relatives at the Jewish Council, T.A.Z. Infirmaries in Łódź and Lower Silesia. Babies house in Otvoczezk. Children's houses in Poland. Children's house in Otvoczezk, Yiddish song. Hebrew song, dancing the Krakoviak at a party in the children's house, Judith Berg and Feliz Fibich in the dance. Rabbi Elimelech. Fania Rubina sings "ein zwei drei", the song of the Ghetto. Children's houses and school. Youth Groups in Poland: Dror, Gordonia, Poalei Zion Smol; ORT: Communist Youth, training in Filva, Oneg Sabbath (Gordonia), Chanukah (Ichud). Jewish Cooperation, blanket factory. Jewish factories in Poland (cooperatives). Tailors/shoemakers. Pozysalose-cooperative. Bakery (in Łódź, and in Lower Shelezia). Historical committee, preservation of Ringelblum Archives. German confessions, underground newspapers, pictures. Kermisz, Blumenthal and Shapuna. In the archives administration, drawings of Trambetz. Dolls of Yitzchak Brauner from Ghetto Łódź. Publication of the historical committee. Cultural life. Association of writers and reporters, chairman Leon Finkelstein, Rachel Auerbach, Moshe Grossman, Vahel, Vasser, Wolf Yasni, Y Ashendorf, Mirsky, Efraim Kagnofsky, Raizel Zichlinska, Moshe Kanfheiss, David Shaul, Yitzchak Yonsovitz, M Bornstein, Yishayahu Speigel (editors of "Das Neie Laben", M Mirsky). Printing: Keren Kayemeth Leyisrael sheets. Jewish newspapers in Poland (in Yiddish and Polish). Exhibit of achievements in Silesia (emphasizing Warsaw Ghetto heroes, documents, awards for bravery, first Jewish art show, the artist Mandeltzveig, Rabbi Kahane among the visitors, the artist Mushka (cooperative "Konst"). Exhibit of plaques to commemorate the anniversary of the revolt of the Warsaw Ghetto. Drawings of H. Hechtkopf. Portrait of the late artist Wilenberg, founder of the cooperative "konst". Patznovsky, copper reliefs, cooperative chairman. Sculpture of Feingold. Natan Rappaport works on a model of memorial to Ghetto heroes. Jewish Theater, Ida Kaminska in recitation of Lotzki's song "Wedding" and "Bemarleh Afert". Moshe Lipman and his wife Natalia Lipman in "Tevye the Milkman". David Lederman, Aizik Rothman, Kati Ephron, Shmuel Goldstein in "Herschele Ostropoler" and "Motel Peyse". Optimistic ending about Jews."

Event:  1946 September 19
Production:  1947-1948
Warsaw, Poland
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University
Record last modified: 2020-02-04 10:40:42
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