GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II DVD

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GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Through the eyes of the servicemen and women, the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II - as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry and ... More
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GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Through the eyes of the servicemen and women, the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II - as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry and intolerance. GI JEWS is Directed and Produced by Lisa Ades, Produced by Amanda Bonavita, and Written by Maia Harris.

Jewish men served in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Marines, in every theater of war. 10,000 Jewish women volunteered as WACs, WAVES and WASPs, and as nurses overseas, defying their parents' warning that the military was "no life for a nice Jewish girl."

These men and women were religious and secular, Zionists, socialists, even pacifists. Some had been in America for generations; others were recent immigrants, with close family members left behind in Hitler's Europe. Their extraordinary experiences are at the heart of the film, telling the story of World War II from a uniquely Jewish perspective.

Jewish Americans fought on two fronts: for America and for Jews worldwide. Like all Americans, they fought against fascism, but they also fought a more personal fight - to save their brethren in Europe. In the midst of it all, they battled anti-Semitism within the ranks of the U.S. military - facing slurs and violence from their fellow servicemen. New York City mayor Ed Koch, who served in the infantry, wrote later, "it wasn't only Hitler, it was here in America."

Speaking on-camera are "the greatest generation" of Jewish Americans, both famous and unknown. Writer/directors Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner tell stories of being Jewish in training with humor and pathos. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and artist Si Lewen escaped Nazi Germany as teenagers, then returned to their homeland to fight as American soldiers. Ellan Levitsky nursed the wounded after D-Day, and Lt. Lester Tanner was saved by his Protestant commanding officer in a Nazi POW camp.

The film also features the stories of Jewish veterans now deceased, including baseball star Hank Greenberg, and writers Norman Mailer, J.D. Salinger, Leon Uris and Joseph Heller, who transformed their war experiences into powerful literature. Jewish soldiers, including Alan Moskin and Eliot Herman, were among the first to reach the concentration camps liberated by American troops. Many spoke Yiddish, so they could offer the survivors their first words of solace and comfort. In archival footage, we watch Rabbi Chaplain David Max Eichhorn arrive at Dachau, praise the survivors for their bravery and heroism, and lead them in a moving moment of prayer.

Jewish servicemen and women were changed forever by their military service and their encounter with Hitler's atrocities. Returning home, they continued to fight for the values for which they had risked their lives - for religious freedom and civil rights in America.

In the end, the story of the Jewish GIs is the story of becoming American - the story of immigrants who earned their citizenship by shedding blood, and fought for democracy and tolerance abroad and at home.

Producer: Lisa Ades, Amanda Bonavita
Executive Producer: Lesley Norman
Production Company: Thirteen; Turquoise Films, Inc
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Director: Lisa Ades
Narrator: Mark Zeisler
Writers: Maia Harris
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Language track: English
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Sam
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5.0 star rating
10/04/21
A MUST SEE American Humanity and Civil Rights at its Best
Review by Sam on 10/04/21 review stating A MUST SEE American Humanity and Civil Rights at its Best
As a former U S Army Counter Terrorist Officer in todays world: this film reflects the wisdom, humanity and patriotism in each of us. This fear and evil today continues to spread but with a different more insidious approach to win you over. This evil many already know who and what they represent regardless of their violent acts. Those abstaining ALWAYS play the victim and give money to support someone elses jihad! Jihad sanctioned by Allah. There is no higher Authority, therefore the ends Always Justifies ANY means no matter how shocking! This is the law according to them! They are not Jew nor Christian, nor American. See this movie you will learn a lot and may help you recognize those who divide, play the victim, find fault with our laws and flaws in our system all to make you doubt while bringing your cause and you to support their beliefs. Did you Know? The womans March on Washington was led by a proud Muslim and Palestinian woman. Today, a Palestinian or Muslim girl really just a child of 13 must do as ordered even marry. Read for yourselves! See what the Children of Palestine learn in school and at home ask any child under 10 what is ugly they respond a Jew. Ask what are you to do with a Jew, Kill them! Wake Up America, Wake Up Europe, Wake Up Everyone, STOP being Afraid. The enemy is here they are with-in and this new enemy just like any good fanatic walks up in your face and screams with hate my way is right, you are wrong so you must die. Enough said youre smart you know what to do! This Movie is YOU! It is US! Be Safe. FREE protect it...
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Fay
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
With pride
Review by Fay on 07/17/20 review stating With pride
This program told a story that as a Jew, I only knew part of. With warmth and anger and love we learn of the part our men and women played in WW II. Well worth sharing.
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Grace
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A must see! A must have
Review by Grace on 07/17/20 review stating A must see! A must have
I caught the second half of this film last night made sure to find it this morning. Today is Yom Hashoah. As folks from that era pass on we must never forget their struggles and heroism.
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Bb B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Must Watch
Review by Bb B. on 07/17/20 review stating A Must Watch
This documentary does it all. Enlightening, historical, infuriating,wrenching, sad, certainly a strong message to humanity
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Lynette
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
GI Jews
Review by Lynette on 07/17/20 review stating GI Jews
I saw this show last evening. So very good history. Everyone should see it. I had no idea the extent of Jewish involvement with US forces during WW ll.


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