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Julien Bryan collection

Document | Not Digitized | Accession Number: 2003.475 | RG Number: RG-10.479

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    Collection consists of Julien Bryan's United States passport; scrapbook of newspaper clippings; and announcements and reviews of Julien Bryan's "Nazi Germany" traveling lecture; an envelope of duplicate newspaper clippings on "Siege" (of Warsaw); and a scrapbook of articles written on Julien Bryan's "Siege of Warsaw" film and book.
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Julien Bryan Archive
    Collection Creator
    Julien H. Bryan
    Julien Hequembourg Bryan (1899-1974) was an American documentarian and filmmaker. Bryan traveled widely taking 35mm film that he sold to motion picture companies. In the 1930s, he conducted extensive lecture tours, during which he showed film footage he shot in the former Soviet Union. Between 1935 and 1938, he captured unique records of ordinary people and life in Nazi Germany and in Poland, including Jewish areas of Warsaw and Kraków and anti-Jewish signs in Germany. His footage appeared in March of Time theatrical newsreels. His photographs appeared in Life Magazine. He was in Warsaw within days of Germany's invasion of Poland in Sept. 1939 and remained throughout the German siege of the city, photographing and filming what would become America's first cinematic glimpse of the start of World War II. He recorded this experience in both the book, "Siege" (New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1940), and the short film, "Siege" (RKO Radio Pictures, 1940), nominated for an Academy Award in 1940. In 1946, Bryan photographed the efforts of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency in postwar Europe.

    Physical Details

    25 boxes
    System of Arrangement
    Arranged in a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Sam Bryan transferred the copyright for the Julien Bryan Archive to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in April 2020. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material and you do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Administrative Notes

    The collection was donated to the Museum by Sam Bryan and the International Film Foundation, Inc. on Sept. 10, 2003.
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