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Łódź ghetto: sweeping snow; synagogue; hanging

Film | Accession Number: 2010.499.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4913 | Film ID: 2910

Film taken by a German, possibly Propaganda Kompanie 689. Sign: "Wohngebiet der Juden! Das Betreten ist unbefugten verboten...." [Jewish residential area! No unauthorized admittance...] CU, sign with a star marking, pan down to street view. Crowds in the cold snowy streets of the Łódź ghetto. Jews walking, bundled up, with yellow stars. Children in FG. VAR shots, street scenes, snowing, children in the windows of wooden homes, Jewish homeowners, filming through a fence. CUs, children with yellow star marking "Jude," elder, baby. Walking up a stairwell. Men pushing ice in the river. People looking at the camera in a courtyard, shoveling snow, daily business, walking in the streets, transporting items in the street with a cart. Ghetto gate in BG. Men with stars on the back of their coats, some tip their hats to the camera, crossing the street. Getting water from well/pump. Pan up of vacant apartment buildings. Sweeping snow. Police force a group of Jews to march quickly in the street. Pan up, synagogue with Hebrew writing on EXT.

Hanging sequence. Guards protect the gallows with multiple nooses (sustained scene). CU, armband with Star of David. Quick cut of film leader with handwriting, followed by a view of officers and spectators gathered in a town square for the hanging. LS, men (some with armbands) are marched from a hut to the gallows; MS, their hands are tied around their backs and ropes placed around necks. One man has trouble standing, a woman stands beside him on the platform. View of a huge crowd spectators.

Event:  Winter 1940-1941?
Łódź [Litzmannstadt], Poland
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Beit Lohamei Hagetaot
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:21:52
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