Nearly Lost Footage Shows Polish Town Before It Was Obliterated in the Holocaust

For over 70 years, a brief shooting awaited in the Kurtz family cabinet, documenting in color the Polish town of Nasielsk. Most of those seen in the film were later murdered

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In 1938, a wealthy Jewish American couple, David and Lisa Kurtz, went on a summer vacation in Europe. For six weeks, they traveled with a group of friends through England, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany. They visited tourist attractions, stayed at expensive hotels, and commemorated the grand tour on a Kodak 16 mm movie camera, purchased by David ahead of the journey.

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