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Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1834 | Film ID: 4169

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    Tent camp


    Tents and flags in Palestine A girl seated in a tent looks up, speaking to someone. The tents with a white building behind them and more tents. INT boy sits on small stool next to an unmade bed. 01:10:50 A man sitting near a window looks back towards the camera, stands up, and closes a book. CU of a little boy wearing round glasses, another young boy in round glasses standing behind him. A man walks past and the camera focuses on him. CU of a little girl looking at the camera. People stand outside of a small shed in a field. White building with the tents in the BG at the top of the hill. Another building. Women in a field picking turnips. WS of the buildings in their colony behind them. A woman rakes through the dirt. 01:11:43 Shot of a crate that reads “A.S. 240 JAFFA VIA Hamburg”, with “3000K” written next to it. A man and a younger boy work on another part of the garden. CU of lemon trees. Camera follows a woman carrying a baby alongside the field. Cows sitting and standing in the grass. CU of a camel eating hay. People walking to and from in front of the buildings. WS of the landscape. Young children on a house porch. Two sit on the railing looking back at the camera. Other children stand by the stairs. More kids playing and smiling for the camera. A group of young boys holding long strips of paper stand with a woman on the right. Some look at the camera. 01:12:54 One young woman sits in a window sewing while another girl stands in the house behind her doing the same. The young woman repeatedly hits something with an axe while the man next to her watches. Horse and donkey drawn carriages move across a field. A woman sits next to two donkeys grazing in a field.
    Event:  1934
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Peter Gessner
    Camera Operator: Robert J. Gessner
    Robert Gessner was born on October 21, 1907 in Escanaba, MI. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1929 and a M.A. from Columbia University in 1930. He started teaching at New York University in 1930. He married Doris Lindeman on May 27, 1938 and had two children, Peter and Stephen. Mr. Gessner was a screen playwright and the author of several books, including "Massacre" (1931); "Broken Arrow" (1933); "Some of My Best Friends are Jews" (1936); "Treason" (1944); "Youth is the Time" (1945). He was a pioneer educator in motion pictures as an art form. Gessner founded the Motion Picture Department (now Cinema Studies) at NYU in 1941, the first four-year film curriculum leading to a B.A. degree in motion picture studies in the United States. He finished his book "The Moving Image, A Guide to Cinematic Literacy" before he died in June 1968.

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    • Master
    • Master 4169 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind - Kodak
      Master 4169 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind - Kodak
      Master 4169 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind - Kodak
      Master 4169 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind - Kodak

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Film Provenance
    Robert Gessner was a Jewish American screenwriter and author of several books. He traveled to several European countries in 1934 and took films and photographs of his trip. His son, Peter, donated the collection to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in November 2014.
    Robert Gessner published a book in 1936 about his overseas travels called "Some of my Best Friends Are Jews"
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    Mr. Peter Gessner
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