Julien Bryan Collection
Rebuilding Jewish life after the war in Russia. Two rabbis put away Torah scrolls and pull a curtain with an embroidered Star of David closed. CUs of individual Jewish men praying. A larger group of men in prayer shawls gather for a service, and a cantor sings toward the end of the sequence. The exact location, date, and purpose of the religious service are unknown.
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.
Sam Bryan, JB 1992
35mm, b/w, pos print
35mm; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS
01:09:01:19 - 01:11:37:19
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive