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Dr. Benjamin Morris Gasul was invited to give a lecture in the Soviet Union in 1939 and he and his wife Lala took a tour of Europe. They brought their movie camera along on the trip and shot 16mm color footage showing the Jewish quarter of Warsaw weeks before the German invasion of Poland. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Gift of the Gasul Family
March of Time Outtakes CollectionClose
Prewar Jewish life, early 1930s. Young children reciting a lesson outdoors. Munkacs, Czechoslovakia (later Hungary). —March of Time outtakes collection, National Archives and Records Administration
The Museum’s Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive is one of the world’s most comprehensive informational and archival resources for moving image materials pertaining to the Holocaust and World War II. The collection currently comprises more than 1,050 hours of archival film footage, dating from 1920 to 1950. Additional materials are regularly acquired from individuals and archival sources throughout the world. The archive also contains over 200 hours of outtakes from Claude Lanzmann’s groundbreaking 1985 film SHOAH as well as nine hours of audiovisual programming from the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition.
Unique original film collections and a wide range of videotape and digital formats are preserved and stored offsite in temperature and humidity-controlled vaults to ensure their continued longevity. Holdings are accessible in person or online. The online catalog includes descriptive information and streams thousands of digital video clips from the collection.
The Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive supports researchers and facilitates duplication orders for filmmakers, students, scholars, media, and the general public. Staff members assist researchers in viewing and locating sources of historical film footage and make available documentation related to the materials.
For an appointment to view the collection, or for information about the holdings, contact the Film and Video project coordinator at 202.488.6104. Moving image materials are available for viewing in the Library and Archives reading room. Please note that the Museum does not necessarily hold the rights to materials in its collection and cannot reproduce footage for the public. Upon request, reproductions may be obtained via a number of Washington-area labs approved by the Museum, once rights are cleared by the requestor and permissions are obtained. Reproduction fees are paid directly to the lab by the requestor.
Other Film and Video Resources
The Museum’s Library includes published documentary and feature films on Holocaust-related topics. To locate a specific item, consult the Library Catalog.
The Museum’s Archives contain a collection of unpublished oral testimonies on videotape and digital formats. To locate a specific item, consult the Collections Catalog.
Film and Video Archive
(For assistance with using historical film footage or donating films)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126