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Prague city; Czech prison; YMCA; Jaroslav Šimsa

Film | Accession Number: 2003.213 | RG Number: RG-60.7126 | Film ID: 3060

Pedestrians on Charles Bridge in Prague. Buildings and street in the Little Quarter. St. Vitus Cathedral. Scaffolding. Old Town Square. Statue of the Holy Crucifix and Calvary on Charles Bridge. Additional shots of statues, buildings, and streets in Prague.

(03:50) INT shadow of man cranking the blade of a guillotine up. This scene was shot in the Pancraz prison in Prague postwar. Shadow of blade falling. Man demonstrates guillotine. CU two men in discussion. Man on hands and knees scrubs floor of large hallway with the silhouette of a man pacing in FG. Man sitting in cell with bars on the window.

(06:44) Street in Prague with trolley going by. Storefronts. CU sign reads “YMCA KAVARNA JIDELNA VCHOD PASAZI.” CU sign reads “PRAZSKA YMKA.” Busy sidewalk in front of YMCA, several people enter. INT women seated with a row of men standing behind them, looking at booklets and framed portraits together. CU They bow their heads in prayer. Opening the book “BEYOND TRAGEDY” by Reinhold Niebuhr. Opening booklet “PIRAT SEDMI MORI.” Bookshelves. Setting up a chess board in a room, the small bust of a man and a portrait of philosopher Jaroslav Šimsa with black ribbon in BG. Brief shot of two women looking at a medal in a case.

(15:25) Young man picks up cans from a windowsill. Men seen through an open window. INT man sits on a cot reading. Two men join him. CU the men discuss the newspaper and gesture to a portrait of Czech statesman Edvard Beneš on the wall. Man cuts and butters bread at a table in the room. Gesturing to photograph of philosopher Jaroslav Šimsa on the wall while eating bread. Men come in and out of room, talking.

Event:  circa 1946
Prague, Czechoslovakia
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:02
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