The Film Captures Jewish Life in a Polish Town Before the Nazis Arrive

Images from a home movie titled: “Our Trip to Holland, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, France and England, 1938,” which showed a Jewish community in Poland a year before the Nazi invasion.Credit…U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum AMSTERDAM — Glenn Kurtz found the film reel in a corner of his parents’ closet in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in 2009. It was in a dented aluminum canister.

Florida’s heat and humidity had nearly solidified the celluloid into a mass “like a hockey puck,” Kurtz said. But someone had transferred part of it onto VHS tape in the 1980s, so Kurtz could see what it contained: […]

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