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Image before my eyes [videorecording] / YIVO Institute presents ; a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities ; produced by Josh Waletzky, Susan Lazarus ; adapted, directed, edited by Josh Waletzky; written by Jerome Badanes ; study guide written by Sara Brzowsky
Alternate Title Subtitle on container, guide, disc surface and menu : A History of Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust [videorecording]
25th Anniversary special ed
[New York, NY] : Docurama : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2006
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Voice/Vision Archive  DS135.P6 D6212 2006  v.1    ASK CURATOR
Dorfman Endowment Bookplate
 Voice/Vision Archive  DS135.P6 D6212 2006  v.2    ASK CURATOR
Dorfman Endowment Bookplate
Subject(s) Jews -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
Jews -- Persecutions -- Poland
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland
Holocaust survivors -- Poland
Jews, Polish -- 1918-1945 -- Social conditions
Jews, Polish -- Religious life and customs
Antisemitism -- Poland
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Personal narratives
Subject Poland -- History -- 1918-1945
Poland -- Social conditions -- 1918-1945
Poland -- Ethnic relations -- 1918-1945
Physical Description 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 study guide (20 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Note - System Details DVD; NTSC; Dolby Digital stereo
Incomplete Contents [v.1.] DVD -- [v.2.] Study guide
Setting -- Faraway lands -- Making a living -- Zionist activity -- "To the stars" -- Secular life -- New horizons -- Among the organized -- Awakening youth -- Darkening clouds -- Great majority -- Credits
Performer/Participant Narrated by Karen Sunde; interviewees include Toby Knobel Fluek, Chiena Kossowsky, Roman Eisner, Lillian Klempner, George Szabad, Zygmunt Gross, Rakhel Kaplansky Kalisher, Sophia Dubnow-Erlich, Henry Rubinlicht, Bertha Frost Salz, Szloma Kowarski, Arcadius Kahan, Dina Abramowicz, Bolek Ellenbogen, Michael Slodki, Boris Goldenberg, Hillel Seidman, Claire Yolles, Freda Slodki, Pearl Kahan
Credits Photo research and director of stills cinematography, Susan Lazarus ; stills cinematography, Edward Gray ; interview camera, Joel Gold ; Jewish instrumental music researched and compiled by Henry Sapoznik ; translators, Reyzl Kalifowicz-Waletzky, Paula Teitelbaum, Jan T. Gross
Summary "This documentary, first released in 1980, offers a window into the vitality of Polish Jewry before the Holocaust. The film directs its lens at all aspects of that now-vanished world, showing us a diverse community and culture. It encompasses city and shtetl, rich and poor, secular and spiritual, politics and society, all permeated by the distinctive character and values that developed in the Polish-Jewish community over nearly a millennium." -- Study Guide, p. 1
Note Based on the YIVO exhibit and book "Image Before My Eyes" by Dr. Lucjan Dobroszycki [and] Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Originally produced as a documentary in 1980
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities
NOTE Funded by the Henry and Mala Dorfman Endowment Fund
Alternate Author Waletzky, Josh
Badanes, Jerome
Brzowsky, Sara
Sunde, Karen
Dobroszycki, Lucjan. Image before my eyes
Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. Image before my eyes
Yivo Institute for Jewish Research
National Endowment for the Humanities
New Video Group
Docurama (Firm)
Dorfman Endowment, 2010

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