Film Screening of GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
National Archives at Kansas City
On Monday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m., the National Archives in partnership with Park University, will host a film screening of GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II. This program will take place in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater in Alumni Hall on the Park University campus, 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO. Reservations are requested for this free program.
This documentary tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. The film brings to life their little-known story as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry and intolerance. Like all Americans, they fought against fascism, but they also waged a more personal fight to save their brethren in Europe. Jewish servicemen were also among the first to assist the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps liberated by American troops.
After years of struggle, these soldiers emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish, determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home. Veterans both famous, including Hollywood stars Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and unknown share their war experiences: how they fought for their nation and people and struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks.
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