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Deportation of Jews

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2013.128.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1432 | Film ID: 2986

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    Deportation of Jews


    Deportation scenes in Poland. Quick shot of elderly Jews next to railway car. LS, line of Jews (filmed from behind) walking beside empty railcars followed by a Reichsbahn official. An armed SS man directs the Jewish women marching left to right across the frame. Closer view of a group of Jewish women and children with armbands walking towards the camera beside the train. A man and teenage boy help load Jews onto the train. View from inside the railcar to women as they climb into the car, a SS rifleman supervises them on the platform. On a platform, another group of Jewish civilians files towards the German railway box cars and boards one watched by armed SS men and dark-uniformed Reichsbahn officila. Oil drums on a horse-drawn wagon passing left to right in FG. Four SS riflemen shut the sliding doors of the "Posen" box car with two uniformed Reichsbahn official watching them. Three German military trucks on flatcars moving behind the boxcars. CUs of four SS men sliding the doors shut (repeating action for camera), "Deutsche Reichsbahn" on side of railcar. CU, father with star of David armband and three young girls (his daughters?) in plaid clothing move along the platform past the train. Quick shot of Polish Blue policeman and SS man closing the train doors.
    Event:  Summer 1942?
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Filmoteka Narodowa

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2986 Digital: Uncompressed AVI - HD
      Master 2986 Digital: Uncompressed AVI - HD
      Master 2986 Digital: Uncompressed AVI - HD
      Master 2986 Digital: Uncompressed AVI - HD

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    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Filmoteka Narodowa
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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased two clips of this 16mm film from Filmoteka Narodowa in Warsaw, Poland in March 2013. The footage was obtained for use in the Museum's special exhibition, "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust."
    This film is considered an "orphan work" by Filmoteka Narodowa.

    Digital file contains source archive watermark in lower right corner.

    The Film and Video Archive has not successfully identified the location of this deportation footage, and the film may be comprised of scenes from several different train platforms or locations, and may have been filmed and/or produced by the Nazis. We also need confirmation that this shows deportation of "Poles" other than Polish Jews. According to Raye Farr on 11/14/00: It is possible these Jewish people are from the Warsaw ghetto, but what we see in the footage is not within the physical area of the Warsaw ghetto. Also, at this time in the Umschlagplatz, the assembly point in Warsaw from which people selected for deportation were then dispatched to the trains, there were cobblestones on the ground and trees were not visible. According to a shotlist from Filmoteka Narodowa, the Jews are being deported to Auschwitz concentration camp.

    Scenes are also on Film ID 2661, Story 3839 and Film ID 2986, Story 1433 (Filmoteka Narodowa) and Film ID 200, Story 245 (Bundesarchiv).
    Film Source
    Filmoteka Narodowa
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5653
    Source Archive Number: MF 053
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:56:29
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