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Synagogues and Jewish businesses in Paris; summer camp for children

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1770 | Film ID: 4119

The facade of a synagogue in Paris' 18th Arrondissement. Daily life in the surrounding bustling neighborhood, signs of many businesses include French and Hebrew script. Trash fills the gutters and cars and horse-drawn carts share the street. Scenes of an outdoor flea market at the nearby Porte de Clignancourt. Two uniformed soldiers march through the market. A view of the Sacre-Coeur basilica rising above the rooftops of the neighborhood.

01:02:32 Children on a beach at a summer camp on the Ile de Ré, off the coast of La Rochelle, in France. Their fists raised, interact with filmmaker Robert Gessner, and hold a pennant that reads 'Thälmann', perhaps named for Ernst Thälmann, communist politician who challenged Hindenburg (and Hitler) in the 1932 election, and who was arrested by the Gestapo in March 1933 and was held until 1944, when he was shot in Buchenwald on Hitler’s orders. A large group of children march down a path in the countryside carrying the same flag, a building in the background is painted with the letters 'V.P.E.' [Vacances Populaires Enfantines]. Gessner poses with a flag on the beach, and talks to children.

01:03:51 Exterior of a boutique in Marais, also known as the Pletzl, a Jewish neighborhood of Paris since 1881. 01:03:56 Exterior of a synagogue -- the Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue, built 1913-1914 at 10, Rue Pavée. Kodak logo (leader). Quick panning shots of the interior courtyard of a residential building. Kodak logo (leader). A street sign reads "Rue de Rivoli" in Paris' 4th Arrondissement, a fancy shopping street and the southern border of the Pletzl. The busy neighborhood, including store signs in Hebrew script and a few religious Jews walking about. 01:04:35 A Jewish man Gessner met in a cafe. Street scenes with French Jews. 01:04:58 Street sign: "Rue des Hospitalières St. Gervais," a small street in the center of the Pletzl. Kosher restaurants, "Jacques Brand".

01:05:15 Blurry shots of a wooded Jewish cemetery, probably the old Jewish cemetery in Prague.

Event:  1934
Paris, France
Prague, Czechoslovakia
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Peter Gessner
Record last modified: 2023-11-07 12:22:44
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