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World War II’s ‘GI Jews’ fought Hitler and anti-Semitism

PBS Presents Premiere of “GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II” in Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

  Carl Reiner at the GI JEWS interview in his Los Angeles home, December 2014. He is wearing his army hat and holding up his dog tags, which were marked H for Hebrew Credit: Turquoise Films

Carl Reiner at the GI JEWS interview in his Los Angeles home, December 2014. He is wearing his army hat and holding up his dog tags, which were marked H for Hebrew Credit: Turquoise Films

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II is a feature-length documentary spotlighting the little-known story of the more than 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in all branches of the military during World War II. Filmmaker Lisa Ades (American Experience: Miss America) brings the struggles of these brave men and women to life through first-hand experiences that reveal their fight against fascism, as well as their more personal war to liberate loved ones in Europe. After years of battle, these pioneering servicemen and women emerged transformed: more profoundly American, more deeply Jewish, and determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II premieres nationwide on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 12). The film will be available to stream the following day on pbs.org and PBS apps.   

*Originally appeared in The Jewish Voice