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Wilno Great Synagogue area (Shulhoyf)

Film | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1830 | Film ID: 4169

Men, women, and children walk through a market square in Vilnius (Wilno, Vilna) outside Vilnius Old Town. Many hold flowers. One woman holds a large basket. People move through a large outdoor market. A woman buys goods. A young man walks through a residential street, glancing back towards the camera. 0:44 CU, facade of the Great Synagogue in Vilnius, the camera moves around the Shulhoyf (courtyard of the Great Synagogue) alleys and streets.

Sign in Polish: “CHEMICZNA PRALINE i FARBIARNIA” [Chemical dry cleaning and coloring of Cloth) with Yiddish words beneath. A horse-drawn carriage moves up a cobblestone street, most likely Jatkowa [Butcher] street. Camera tilts down on a building, showing people on the street below.

01:03:26 Shulhoyf (courtyard and adjacent alleys and lanes) of the Great Synagogue. A boy and a young man look at the camera. Young children play outside of a house, one boy follows the camera, attempting to remain within the shot.Woman sells fruit from baskets, CU of a young boy smiling at the camera. Three older woman sit on a stoop while a fourth offers them a plate of food. A younger woman approaches and briefly turns to look at the camera. People in a narrow street, tilts up to an apartment with a partially boarded up window. More street shots, people walking. Main street, most likely Zydowska [Jewish] street), archway. Women standing and sitting by large sacks of goods. Street shots of Vilna with locals. A man holds up a pair of pants, looking to see the size. An older woman sits at a table covered with fabric. More people, views of Shulhoyf architecture.

An older woman sits in front of a building that reads in Polish “LAZNIE i WANNY” [Bath House and Steam Bath], with the same in Yiddish beneath פּאַרע וואַנע. and “KASA” with an arrow and the Yiddish. Open door with a wall next to it that reads “LAZNI i KOBIET” [Bath House for Women] and the Yiddish words with a pointing hand to the entrance beneath. CU of a Jewish man with a long beard.

Event:  1934
Vilna, Lithuania
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Peter Gessner
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:15:00
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