©2017 BY JEWS OF ECUADOR -- WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO JONATHAN GRUNEWALD.

OPERATION AUCA IN ECUADOR, 1950'S. ARCHIVE FILM 96180

Documenting My Work

[Note: Submitted by Ralph Grunewald, who was born in Guayaquil just one month after the murder of these missionaries by the Auca tribe, and the reason his nickname was "Auca."]

Story of 'Operation Auca', where five American Evangelical Christians made contact with the Aucas tribe (who are now known as Huarorani or Waorani) in Amazonian Ecuador. Two days later they were killed by members of this tribe. The picture was photographed by the men themselves in their first meeting with three Aucas shortly before they were killed. The missionaries' own footage shows their first meeting with the Aucas and the latters' curiosity of the aircraft as the missionaries tried to explain using gestures and enactments how the plane takes off and lands.

MISSIONARIES MURDERED BY THE AUCA INDIANS OF ECUADOR --

[Note: Submitted by Ralph Grunewald, who was born in Guayaquil just one month after the murder of these missionaries by the Auca tribe, and the reason his nickname was "Auca."]

On January 8, 1956, deep in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, five missionaires (Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming) were brutally murdered by a tribe of stone age indians. This video includes part of the memorial service conducted Jan 15, 1956 in Quito, Ecuador (audio); as well as some pictures and video footage of these men. This story, the commitment of these five men, has always challenged me -- As Dwight L. Moody once said, "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him." Did they have to die?

QUITO -- A BUS TOUR

QUITO -- A WALKING TOUR OF BEAUTIFUL QUITO

HUAQUILLAS, CUENCA, RIOBAMBA

GUAYAQUIL -- DE MIS AMORES -- GRUPO TRADICION

RECORRIDO POR EL MALECON 1900 GUAYAQUIL - ECUADOR

GUAYAQUIL -- AMERICAN TOURIST DESRIBES THE MALECON

GUAYAQUIL -- A DRIVE THROUGH GUAYAQUIL (DECEMBER 2009)

GUAYAQUIL -- THE NEW GUAYAQUIL

GUAYAQUIL -- LA PERLA DEL PACIFICO

GUAYAQUIL -- LANDING IN GUAYAQUIL

GUAYAQUIL

GUAYAQUIL 1949 -- #2

This is how Guayaquil appeared just 4 years after the end of WWII, when many of our parents and grandparents had found safe haven after escaping Nazi Europe or surviving the Holocaust.

GUAYAQUIL 1949 -- #1

This is how Guayaquil appeared just 4 years after the end of WWII, when many of our parents and grandparents had found safe haven after escaping Nazi Europe or surviving the Holocaust.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

ECUADOR - LIFE AT ITS PUREST

FILM FOOTAGE OF ECUADOR (1949)

Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)

This is how Ecuador appeared just 4 years after the end of WWII, when many of our parents and grandparents had found safe haven after escaping Nazi Europe or surviving the Holocaust.'


This rare footage was submitted by Kitty Janowitzer (Quito), with this note from a friend of hers: 


Estimados Todos:
 
¡Conservar este material fílmico!

  
En el Internet Archivo hay unas películas del Ecuador filmadas en 1949 por un equipo de antropología por la PENN University, de bastante buena calidad. ( lamentablemente sin audio)   el Link de PENN; link muestra casas, edificios,  del Guayaquil antiguo que NO  me resultan familiares, porque no nacía aun, y no registro en la memoria esas referencias, ( vine a GYE recién a la edad de 9 años desde Esmeraldas): pero me causan un Deja Vu, ciertas escenas como  la secada de cacao en las veredas, el vendedor ambulante de escobas, las casas viejas, piladoras, trafico de balsas y canoas en el rio, la vegetación tan verde y exuberante, para luego viajar por tren, esa parte es emocionante, etc.
 
Saludos,
 
El Tomas el que atesora documentos incunables 

ECUADOR (1949) - WATSON KINTNER COLLECTION

This is how Ecuador appeared just 4 years after the end of WWII, when many of our parents and grandparents had found safe haven after escaping Nazi Europe or surviving the Holocaust.

This footage of one of 10 reels that are found in the collection of the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania and are known as the Watson-Kitner Collection.   

MOSELIO (ELIO) SCHAECHTER

Moselio Schaechter spent his childhood in Mussolini’s Italy. Thanks to a transit visa for Portugal and the United States, the Schaechters made it to Quito, Ecuador in January 1941. Over the next nine years, Moselio struggled to accommodate his Jewish identity with a nascent South American self. In this talk he shares memories of his youth, his experience in the Ecuadorian Jewish refugee community, his life in the U.S., and his subsequent visit to his old "home." Schaechter is a distinguished professor emeritus at Tufts University and an adjunct professor in microbiology at SDSU and UC San Diego.

"AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY"

This is a trailer from "An Unknown Country" -- a documentary film by Eva Zelig about the history of the Jews of Ecuador.

EVA ZELIG, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR OF "AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY"

Director Eva Zelig talks about her film An Unknown Country, a documentary that tells the story of her family and of others who fled Europe escaping the Nazi terror to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador. She discusses the many perils of being exiles in that country, and how many descendants of refugees feel looking back on it. With Judy Gelman Myers on New Jewish Cinema.

VIDEOS & FILMS

"Jews of Ecuador" welcomes copies of videos and vintage films from anyone with a connection to the history of the Jewish community in Ecuador.  Also included are an assortment of films and videos of interest that appear on YouTube and other sources.

  

Send DVRs or other electronic formats of vintage films and videos to Ralph Grunewald at grunewaldfamily@gmail.com