Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Bryan locates individuals he filmed during the German siege of Warsaw

Film | Accession Number: 2003.213 | RG Number: RG-60.1346 | Film ID: 3052

Reel 3B
Julien Bryan shows his book "Siege" to Poles in Warsaw, looking to find people he photographed in 1939, including priest Father Wlodarczyk, photographed in 1939 with a broken portrait in church ruins (Photo Archives W/S 47239). VAR CUs of Poles gathered around Bryan. Small church. Julien Bryan with a female interpreter, Christina Cekalska, in front of a sign for the National Theater. MS, Apolonia Wiktorzak, who was photographed in 1939 holding a loaf of bread, now 65 years old (Photo Archives W/S 47371). Longer view of the group crowding around Bryan and Apolonia in front of their homes in the Polish countryside. Two children on city street walk toward camera. LS, St. Alexander's Church in Warsaw with a crowd at the entrance. LS, man walking along road with three children, a cyclist, and a building with façade under construction. JB and Christina look at National Theater posters. Catholic mass spills onto church steps, closer shots, children, crowd kneels. Bryan with translator shows "Siege" photographs from 1939 to more Poles. Tram stop. Market, fruit and vegetable stands, balloons. MS, grand building, Hotel Bristol, where JB and other foreigners with neutral passports assembled on Sept. 21, 1939 immediately prior to getting out of Warsaw. Pedestrians pass front windows of the hotel. Cut to another intersection, and then another with people entering a travel agency and CUs of posters of Budapest and an international music festival in the windows. (Building is the one JB photographed in 1939 with sandbags and "Wagonslits" sign in Photo Archives W/S 47396). Traffic and pedestrians cross a bridge, Polish flags hang from the posts, homes in BG. View from afar of a train crossing a bridge and the city along the Vistula river. Three nurses look at photos of a bombed hospital from "Siege" book, the shots that follow include Julien Bryan in the frame. The nurses (Sisters Zurawska, Helena, and Genowefa) remembered the day when the maternity ward of the Catholic Hospital of the Transfiguration was bombed in 1939, which JB photographed (Photo Archives W/S 47210). LS, MSs of the new city hospital with 800 beds. Man on crutches. Another view of tram traffic on a bridge and Warsaw.

Event:  August-September 1958
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:39
This page: