Film Clips of a 16 mm film taken by Ben Craine in Yurburg in 1927


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Below are film clips of a silent film that Ben Craine took while on a trip to his home town from his new home in Detroit. He had immigrated to the US in 1903 and returned in 1927 and took these historic films. These films archived at the National Center for Jewish Film located at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. They had been archived by the photographer's son also named Ben Craine in about 2000. These films helped Dr. Baumann convince his superiors at the Memorial to include the Krelitz family in the Information Centre. Not all film clips shown here were displayed at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin since May 2005.
 
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Film clip poorer residential area and towns people, and the Feinberg lumber yard in Yurburg taken in 1927 by Ben Craine.

The film clip appears here courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film located at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The whole 30 minute film is archived at the Center and it can be made available for research purposes.

Film clip in Yurburg taken in 1927 Yurburg by Ben Craine of the rabbi of Yurburg, Rabbi Avraham Diamant (click and scroll sown to page 344) ,son of Rabbi Asher Diamant), taken outside the Great Wood Synagogue built in about 1790. Motl Komel, with a white beard, appears to the left of the rabbi.

Film clip of Kovno Street in Yurburg taken in 1927 by Ben Craine.

Film clip of Kovno Street in Yurburg taken in 1927 by Ben Craine.

 

Film clip of Krelitz bakery taken in 1927 by Ben Craine. Young girl is Esther Krelitz (immigrated to Mexico in 1937), elderly man at door is her father, Meir Krelitz and young man is Lieb Kreilitz, Leah's brother.

 

Film clip of Kovno Street in Yurburg taken in 1927 by Ben Craine

First elderly couple that appear are David and Frume Craine,the parents of Ben Craine, then appear Lieb and Elka (Krelitz) Zarnitsky. The man wearing the bowtie is Ben Craine. The young man is Alter Nomberg son-in-law of David and Frume Craine. Young boy is Alter's son, Meir Nomberg, granddson of David and Frume Craine, and nephew of Ben Craine. In 2005 Meir Nomberg, living in Vilna, Lithuania, identified himself and his father in this film.

These film clips appear here courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film located at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The whole 30 minute film is archived at the Center and it can be made available for research purposes.


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