Julien Bryan Collection
From the factories in Silesia featured in RG-60.4002, also on USHMM Film ID 3004, the next stop is in Gdynia, in the northwestern corner of Poland. Shot of the harbor along the Baltic Sea. VS of mineral ore being loaded onto ships, VS of lumber yard near the ship yard along the Baltic Sea. VS of the streets and architecture of the city of Gdynia, picturesque shots of the boats on the sea and the canals that flow through the city. More shots of workers unloading materials at the dock in Gdynia. End scenes of Gdynia, begin brief sequence of street scenes of Gdansk, also in the northwestern corner of Poland. Then cut to scenes of Gdansk at 01:16:35 A group of school girls in uniform march down the street carrying Nazi flags, and singing- they are all in their early teens.
***From Julien Bryan's film "Poland the Country and the People" released in 1948, shot 1936-1937.**
The original film reel was also labeled "JB Pol Neg A 7771 Pol A33B Orig Neg R1 and R2".
Detailed preservation notes from the film lab are available in Film and Video 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 2113
35mm, b/w, neg
35mm; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS
01:15:37:26 - 01:16:47:02
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive