Julien Bryan Collection
(Color) CUs, weaved crafts. 01:00:37 Displaced persons (DPs) on a transport sponsored by the IRO. DPs get off a truck with luggage and board a train. Handwriting on the side of the train says "US emigr. via Bremen." DPs lean out the windows of the train to look at the camera and talk to IRO officers. Uniformed men and women with badges stating "IRO", "US Committee", and "USCOM." DPs wave and the train departs. CU, luggage. 01:04:35 Blurry footage for three minutes with more takes of men, women, and children boarding the train. Wide views of the train station. 01:07:22 Two official men stand at a microphone next to the train and read from papers, a crowd listens. DPs hang out of the train windows and wave goodbye as the train departs.
01:08:42 A large group of adults sit outside and listen to an instructor. A young woman writes a Walt Whitman quote in English on a chalkboard. Small groups read books together outside. Multiple takes - seems staged. Young couple walks next to a building. DPs walk under a sign banner that reads "Church World Service Language Institute". 01:13:32 The students line up on the stairs outside the church as an instructor reads to them. CU, another CWS sign. CU, students reading. WS, CWS campus.
After the war, Julien Bryan returned to Europe under contract for the International Refugee Organization (IRO) and the United Nations Rehabilitation and Relief Organization (UNRRA). He was tasked with capturing images of Europe rebuilding. The finished films were intended for an international audience, often screened under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.
Transferred at 24 FPS
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.
International Relief Organization/UNRRA
Sam Bryan, JB 2555B
16mm safety camera original
16mm; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS
01:00:02 - 01:15:46
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive