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Rare Color Footage: a Shtetl in 1939

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Amateur photographer David Teitelbaum, born in the town of Wielopole Skrzyńskie in 1891, probably shot this footage in June or July of 1939, only weeks before the September 1 Nazi invasion. It could also have been on his previous visit to his hometown, in 1938.

The film, shown on the Yad Vashem website, features members of the Wielopole Teitelbaum, Rappaport and Sartoria families, their neighbors and acquaintances.

On 26 June, 1942, the Jews of Wielopole Skrzyńskie were deported to the ghetto in Ropzcyce. Some 50 sick and elderly Jews were murdered before the forced departure. Some of the people who appear in the film were amongst those murdered that day.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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  1. We must never forget these holy neshamos

  2. Suzanne Forgione says:

    So heartbreaking. Never forget!!

  3. Thank you for posting this.

  4. Thank you for posting

  5. Martin Yoselovsky says:

    Adonai Yinkom Damam. The holiest generation ever !!

  6. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    Moving footage presentation of this quite shtetl life on the brink to be destroyed entirely. Their names Hannah, David, Simcha, Chiel, Juda et al to be remembered always.

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