Memorial album from the Leo-Film studio – USD 200

The materials gathered in this extraordinary commemorative album were collected by Feliks Matuszelański, who in the years 1918-1939 worked as an assistant to the cameraman Seweryn Steinwurzl at the Warsaw film studio Leo-Film, owned by Maria Hirszbein – one of the first female producers of both Polish and Jewish cinema.

The album contains autographs of interwar cinema stars, such as Eugeniusz Bodo, Nora Ney and Tola Mankiewiczówna, as well as promotional materials for films produced by the studio and priceless photos from the sets showing not only the actors, but also the equipment used by the crew. Some of the films which we can see on the photos in the album did not survive the war, which makes it an invaluable source of knowledge for film experts.

The albums survived the war hidden in the basement of the Matuszelański family house on Targowa Street in Warsaw.

For donors from the United States*

* Support through American Friends of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations through AFOPM are tax deductible.

For international and Polish donors*

* Support through Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland is a partner of the "Show your love" project and one of the co-founders of the POLIN Museum. The Association is a Polish non-profit organization.

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