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Lantern Slides

Lantern Slides

The Museum’s objects conservator cleaned and air dried all 164 lantern slides in the Julien Bryan Collection, which are now individually numbered, cataloged, and secured in protective archival sleeves. After filming the siege of Warsaw, Bryan produced a selection of his original black and white negatives as hand-painted glass lantern slides at Edward van Altena’s studio in New York City. Bryan regularly gave lectures in the United States using the slides to illustrate the magnitude of the German invasion of Poland. The vivid color images that Bryan projected in Washington, DC in December 1939 shocked the American audience. Bryan reported, “There is no moral to the story. Audiences don’t applaud my lecture. It would be like applauding a funeral. I think half of the audience usually comes out all steamed up and ready to go to war to stop such brutality; and the other half resolved that if war is like that nothing can ever justify it.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive