President Franklin D. Roosevelt watched the documentary movies of American filmmaker Julien Bryan at the White House on February 8, 1941.
Content warning: The second clip shows dead bodies.
Bryan was an American photographer who was invited to make a film about Adolf Hitler and Germany in 1937. When he got there and saw what was really happening to the Jews in the country he returned to America with his footage and showed the world the discrimination that Jews were facing in Germany.
It’s unclear precisely what movies Roosevelt watched that night but the time allotted was 8:50pm-11:00pm on the White House schedule, so it must have been quite a few. Bryan’s documentaries from that time were 10-15 minutes in length. Bryan was sometimes the only foreign photographer in a city, like when the Nazis invaded Poland and Bryan traveled there to capture the devastation. The two clips here are from his 1940 film titled Siege, which documented the destruction in Warsaw. The United States didn’t enter the war until December 1941.