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The Holocaust, Israel, and the Jews : motion pictures in the National Archives
Gellert, Charles Lawrence.
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Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Published for the National Archives and Records Administration by the National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1989.
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117 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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DS115.95.Z9 G45 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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An indispensable tool for locating films in the National Archives relating to modern Jewish history, this heavily illustrated guide presents an annotated listing of films or portions of films produced by the armed forces, civilian federal agencies, and commercial newsreel sources.

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Most of the holdings listed in this filmography come from US Army Signal Corps and newsreel footage; there are also some private donations. The preface indicates that a significant amount is silent film. The collection identifies films with Jewish content in the broad categories of Jews in the US; the Holocaust; Jews in Europe after WW II; Palestine (prior to Israel's statehood), and Israel. There are brief descriptions of the footage; but mild caution should be exercised concerning the accuracy of some of the descriptions--several were found to contain incompatible information about place and picture. This is an apparent result of footage edited together chronologically, but not necessarily by subject. An abundance of graphic concentration camp footage shot on liberation of the camps is noteworthy, especially since such footage was inaccessible for so long. Most of the films are short, ranging from one to 30 minutes, with no feature films and few scripted documentaries to speak of. There are 583 entries listed, with the majority coming from WW II. (See also Fortunoff, above, and Skirball, below.) -L. D. Talit, Trinity College (CT)