Jewish Life in Bialystok from the archives of The National Center for Jewish Film
Vivid cinematography and music evoke the industrial and cultural center that was Bialystok in 1939. Images of smokestacks, power looms and textile workers; downtown shops and buses, market day with peasants and horses; schools, synagogues, the Sholem Aleichem Library, the TOZ sanatorium and a community-run summer camp reflect the diversity of the city’s 200-year-old Jewish community. In addition to the tile-roofed home of Dr. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto, Jewish Life in Bialystok features memorable images of a spacious park where young adults relax and children play.
1939, Poland, 10 minutes
B&W Yiddish with complete new English subtitles
Produced by Yitzhak Goskin | Text and Narration by Asher Lerner
Photography by V. Kazimierczak