When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an outdated relations movie in his mom and dad' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historic importance or of the impression it is going to have on his existence. The movie, shot some time past by way of his grandfather on a sightseeing journey to Europe, contains shaky pictures of Paris and the Swiss Alps, with somebody unavoidably waving on the digital camera. Astonishingly, David Kurtz additionally captured on colour 16mm movie the one recognized relocating photographs of the thriving, predominantly Jewish city of Nasielsk, Poland, presently earlier than the community's destruction. "Blissfully ignorant of the disaster that lay simply ahead," he simply occurred to go to his birthplace in 1938, a 12 months prior to the Nazi career. Of the town's 3 thousand Jewish population, fewer than 100 could survive.
Glenn Kurtz fast acknowledges the short photos as a very important hyperlink in a misplaced historical past. "The longer I spent with my grandfather's film," he writes, "the richer and extra fragmentary its photos became." each picture, each face, was once a secret that will be solved. quickly he's swept up in a extraordinary trip to benefit every thing he can approximately those humans. After restoring the movie, which had gotten smaller and propelled around the usa; to Canada, England, Poland, and Israel; and into data, basements, cemeteries, or even an irrigation ditch at an deserted Luftwaffe airfield as he appears to be like for shards of Nasielsk's Jewish history.
in the future, Kurtz hears from a tender girl who had watched the video at the Holocaust Museum's site. because the digicam panned around the faces of youngsters, she famous her grandfather as a thirteen-year-old boy. Moszek Tuchendler of Nasielsk used to be now eighty-six-year-old Maurice Chandler of Florida, and whilst Kurtz meets him, the misplaced background of Nasielsk comes into view. Chandler's laser-sharp reminiscences create a bridge among worlds, and he is helping Kurtz finally find six extra survivors, together with a ninety-six-year-old girl who additionally looks within the movie, status subsequent to the fellow she may later marry.
Painstakingly assembled from interviews, photos, records, and artifacts, Three mins in Poland tells the wealthy, harrowing, and unusually intertwined tales of those seven survivors and their Polish place of origin. "I started to trap fleeting glimpses of the residing town," Kurtz writes, "a cruelly slim pattern of its relationships, contradictions, scandals." initially a commute memento, David Kurtz's domestic motion picture grew to become an important checklist of a colourful city close to extinction. From this short movie, Glenn Kurtz creates a poignant but unsentimental exploration of reminiscence, loss, and unbelievable survival—a monument to a misplaced world.