A stark mini-drama of pogroms in the Pale of Settlement, and the flight to the land of liberty.
The Hebrew Fugitive (1908)
(Country Spesific) Im Unterdrückum
(Country Spesific) Im Lande der Unterdruckung
In darkest Russia a poor struggling Hebrew family and the aged father tottering under his heavy burden of goods to be sewed into garments for a mere pittance. A policeman coming along playfully gives the old man a shove, at the same time stealing some coins from his pocket. People pass by in droves, all too beaten and bully ragged to see anything extraordinary in the action. The home is a sight to American eyes; men, women and little children sewing. Some sit on the floor, others try to snatch a few moments to munch a crust. The tyrannical landlord comes in, demands his rent, due the same day. They ask for a little time. No delays, in come the constables, and their effects are put on the sidewalk and they sit there helpless, stunned, until the ever ready Cossacks drive them away. The daughter is captured by Cossacks and brought before a drunken officer, who offers her indignities. She cunningly gets his revolver, shoots him and escapes. In an old ruin a vision of "Columbia" beckons them to a fairer land. They sail away, finally landing under "the Stars and Stripes."
Source: Lubin Catalog
The original film was destroyed in the 1914 Lubin vault fire.