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Documentary Films

Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII, 2017, 56 minutes

Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII is a documentary focusing on the life stories of Jewish American World War II veterans. The film explores their unique experiences of being Jewish soldiers during a time of extreme Anti-Semitism both abroad, and in America.

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, 2018, 86 minutes

Tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who fought in World War II. In their own words, veterans both famous and unknown bring their war experiences to life: how they fought for their nation and their people, struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks, and emerged transformed.

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, 2011, 86 minutes

Explores the little known history of the Civil War Jews who fought on both sides of the battlefield—7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy.

Ritchie Boys, 2004, 90 minutes

Young Jewish German immigrants trained at Camp Ritchie, Maryland for a unique brand of warfare against World War II.

From Philadelphia to the Front, 2005, 37 minutes

This film focuses on six Philadelphia veterans in their 80’s, and their individual experiences during the war and a bittersweet reunion they share in their old age.

About Face: The Story of the Jewish Refugee Soldiers of World War II, 2015,

The film tells the stories of young Jewish men who escaped certain danger at the hands of the Nazis and returned to fight them in Europe and North Africa.

Berga: Soldiers of Another War, 2003, 85 minutes

Reveals the story of 350 American prisoners of war caught in the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Hitler’s Hat, 2003, 47 minutes

On April 29, 1945, Jewish American GI Richard Marowitz and his I&R unit of the 42nd Rainbow Division take part in the liberation of Dachau. The next day, they sweep through Munich, and in one particular apartment, Rich finds Adolph Hitler’s ceremonial top hat, stomps on it, and brings it home as war souvenir, where it stays buried in the magic trick closet in his Albany, NY basement for the next 50 years.

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