Julien Bryan Collection
CU of a baby in a carriage. MLS, from high angle, babies in Saxon Garden (Ogrod Saski) in Warsaw, with their mothers and/or nannies. The building with arcs is the former Saxon Palace (Palac Saski). VS of the scene in the park, babies as far as they eye can see. 01:23:45:20 CU of one baby in a stroller that stares directly at the camera while eating, followed by the mother madly rocking her baby, VS of very sleek looking, shiny, new baby carriages. Cut to group of young school children touring the medieval city wall of 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.
Saxon Palace was almost completely destroyed during the occupation, except one arc which is today the site of the Grave of the Unknown Soldier.
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.
Sam Bryan, JB 2426Q
35mm, b/w, neg
35mm; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS
01:22:16:15 - 01:24:41:26
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive