[media id=2086 width=400 height=300] The First World Congress (Knessia Gedolah) of the World Agudath Israel was the first major gathering of all the different sects of Klal Yisroel. It took place in Vienna starting from Elul 3, 5683 / August 15, 1923 and lasted for ten days.
The video shown here, recently released, features rare footage of the Chofetz Chaim at minute 0:58.
The following was posted with the video:
(World Congress of Agudas Jisroel, new organization of Orthodox Jews, in session. Shots of delegates arriving before Congress Building (the old circus building) in Zirkue Strasse. Group shot with Chief Rabbi Chaim Sechor (Roumania) in center. Group with Rabbi Lee Preschner, member of the business committee of the association. Group with Rabbi Ehrmann (Frankfort, Germany) in conversation. Dr. Jacob Rosenheim (Frankfort) leader of the new movement. Dr. Leo Jung (New York). Sally Guggenheim. Chief Rabbi Spitzer (Czechoslovakia). Delegate from Palestine. Chief Rabbi Lowenstein (Zurich, Switzerland). Dr. Kirschbaum (Warsaw, Poland), deputy in the Sejm (Polish Parliament). Chief Rabbi Permutier (Warsaw), Sejm deputy. The famous 90 year old Rabbi Jisreol Meier Hakohen (Radin), also called “Chofez Chaim” after his great work. Identifications of delegates may be incorrect.)