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Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland

Annihilated by Nazis. Forgotten by cartographers. Immortalized by film.

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In 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz, a Jewish immigrant to the US, captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small Jewish town in Poland. These few minutes of home-movie footage on 16 mm Kodachrome color film became the sole surviving moving images of this town. Seventy-five years later, as part of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum permanent collection, the film serves as a memorial to an entire community—an entire culture—that was annihilated in the Holocaust.

Three Minutes in Poland by Glenn Kurtz traces the author’s remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s haunting images. Rarely seen archival footage will punctuate an intimate conversation between the author and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum film researcher Leslie Swift, revealing the extraordinary discoveries made when they teamed up to unlock the secrets of this home movie.

 

 

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