Abraham Zapruder filmed
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas
Abraham Zapruder was born in Russia May 15, 1905.
He emigrated to the U.S. in 1920 where he worked for a dress
manufacturer in New York. He moved to Dallas in 1941 and worked
at Nardis, a local clothing manufacturer.
In 1949, Zapruder
started his own company which he called "Jennifer Juniors".
The company occupied floors five and six of the Dal-Tex Building
at 501 Elm which, by 1963, was across the street from the Texas
School Book Depository. A Freemason, Zapruder was a Member
of Temple Emanu-El Congregation.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
in Dallas, Texas, as his limousine drove by the Texas School
Book Depository building and through Dealey Plaza.
In anticipation of President Kennedy's visit, thousands of
people lined the streets to view his motorcade. More than 75
amateur and professional photographers took over 500 exposures
in and around Dealey Plaza on that day.
Included in the crowd was Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder — whose
26 seconds of Kodachrome 8mm film are probably the most astonishing
and disturbing footage ever recorded by an amateur photographer.
Of all the films taken, Abraham Zapruder's is considered by
many to be the most reliable and the best evidence that more
than one assassin was at work in Dealey Plaza.