GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II is the first feature-length

documentary for national public television to tell the profound and remarkable

story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served in World War II.

 

These brave men and women fought for their nation and their people, for

America and for Jews worldwide. Like all Americans, they fought against

fascism, but they also waged a more personal fight—to save their brethren

in Europe. After years of struggle, they emerged transformed, more

powerfully American and more deeply Jewish.

 

Only 6% of World War II veterans are alive today; 225,000 of them died in

2013 alone. The need for support is urgent—to capture the memories of

America’s remaining Jewish veterans —most in their 80s and 90s—before

they are lost forever. Now is the time to ensure that this great legacy is

preserved for future generations.

GI JEWS will be broadcast on national public television, watched each year

by 217 million Americans. It will also be broadcast internationally, screened

at major film festivals, and distributed on home video.  Teachers guides will

be distributed through the PBS Learning Library to more than a million

classrooms. An educational website and a social media outreach campaign

for the film will link veterans and students of history throughout the world.