Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film
Original title: Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film
Year of publication: 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Number of pages: 419
CDF cataloguing: E821 Publications in other languages than Czech or Slovak
Call number: E821/1470/KUR
When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an old family film in his parents' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historical significance or of the impact it will have on his life. The film, shot long ago by his grandfather on a sightseeing trip to Europe, includes shaky footage of Paris and the Swiss Alps, with someone inevitably waving at the camera. Astonishingly, David Kurtz also captured on color 16mm film the only known moving images of the thriving, predominantly Jewish town of Nasielsk, Poland, shortly before the community's destruction. "Blissfully unaware of the catastrophe that lay just ahead," he just happened to visit his birthplace in 1938, a year before the Nazi occupation. Of the town's three thousand Jewish inhabitants, fewer than one hundred would survive.