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Abraham Zapruder (1905 - 1970)


Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas Texas

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.

Abraham died August 30, 1970 from stomach cancer.