Krakow Jewish Quarter
Julien Bryan Collection
Market square and vibrant daily life in Kazimierz, Krakow's Jewish quarter. CU, man inspecting a chicken for sale. CU, young girl at the market. High angle view of a prominent spire and statue. Quick shot of a table full of chickens and shoppers set before the Izaak synagogue, which still stands today. Streets in Krakow with shops and inhabitants of the Jewish quarter. A group of school boys following a man with balloons pass by the entrance to a hotel, "Restauracia Kawiarnia Hotelu Mullera". View of another street in the Jewish quarter with children helping an older woman bring hay through an open doorway, preparing for the harvest festival of Sukkot. This small street was captured by renowned photographer Roman Vishniac in his captivating images of Jewish life before the Holocaust. Quick travelling shot of a horse drawn carriage. Several religious men in walk along the street. Quick view of one of Bryan's cameraman, Jules Bucher (screen right). The bustling market square with merchants and shoppers before the Izaak synagogue, followed by street scenes. An elderly couple stands in the doorway of a shop displaying men's clothing and accessories, the name "M. Finkelstein" is above the door. More street scenes. Cut to a horse-drawn carriage and its driver in Krakow's theater district. A poster advertises the comedy team of Dzigan and Schumacher. Many passersby stop to look at the camera, particularly the children. MLS, a young woman with a suitcase in hand speaks to two men. Four religious Jewish men turn away from the camera quickly, one (screen center) raises his hand to cover his face. Striking CUs of young Jewish boys talking and laughing. 01:02:33 Abrupt cut to barges along the river near the castle in Krakow.
Detailed preservation notes from the film lab are available in SSFVA department files.
Additional photographs are available in the USHMM Photo Archives.
Biography / History:
Julien Hequembourg Bryan (1899-1974) was an American documentarian and filmmaker. In the 1930s, he conducted extensive lecture tours, during which he showed film footage he shot in the former USSR. Between 1935 and 1938, he captured unique records of ordinary people and life in Nazi Germany and in Poland. He was in Warsaw within days of Germany's invasion of Poland in September 1939 and remained throughout the German siege of the city, filming and photographing what would become America's first cinematic glimpse of the start of WWII.
2003.214 The Julien Bryan Collection of films, photographs, documents, and artifacts was purchased by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from Sam Bryan and the International Film Foundation, Inc. on February 12, 2003.
Julien Bryan; Jules Bucher
Sam Bryan, JB 2101
35mm; b/w pos print
35mm; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS
01:00:00:00 - 01:02:37:24
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive