GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

Dir. Lisa Ades | 87 min
Documentary United States 2018 English Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Sunday, May 66:20 PM Edlavitch DCJCC Meet and Greet*

Monday, May 77:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre

*After the Sunday, May 6 screening and Q&A, join us for a meet-and-greet and tour of the National Museum of American Jewish Military with Director Lisa Ades, film subjects, and World War II veterans.

550,000 Jewish American men and women served in World War II. Lisa Ades’ GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII is a loving ode to their memory.

Like all American soldiers, they fought against fascism, but also waged a more personal fight—to save their brethren in Europe. In their own words, veterans both unknown and famous (among them Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Henry Kissinger) bring their war experiences to life. After years of struggle, they emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish, determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home.

Screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Lisa Ades. Sunday, May 6 screening will also feature producer Amanda Bonavita and moderator James E. Young. Monday, May 7 screening moderated by Elizabeth White.

Co-presented by the Foundation for Jewish Studies Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington National Museum of American Jewish Military History United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Generation After


Screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Lisa Ades. Sunday, May 6 screening will also feature producer Amanda Bonavita and moderator James E. Young. Monday, May 7 screening moderated by Elizabeth White.

Lisa Ades is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for PBS and cable television for more than 25 years. Her acclaimed film, Miss America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its broadcast on the PBS series American Experience in 2002. Previously, she produced award-winning films with Ric Burns, including New York, a ten-hour series (PBS, 1999, Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award), The Way West (PBS, 1995), and The Donner Party (PBS, 1992). Prior to that, she was a producer at WNET/Thirteen on The 11th Hour and Metroline. Documentaries for cable television include Beauty in a Jar (A&E, 2003), In the Company of Women (IFC, 2004), and Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (IFC, 2006).

Producer Amanda Bonavita has worked in commercial television, and documentary and narrative film for the past fifteen years. Her previous documentary work includes 40th Anniversary of Stonewall (PBS, 2009) and Waiting for Hockney (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008).

James E. Young is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, former Chair of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies, and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of five books on the Holocaust, memorials, and national memory, including: The Texture of Memory (1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award; At Memory’s Edge (2000); and The Stages of Memory (2016), which won Book of the Year Award from the National Council on Public History. His 200 articles and reviews have appeared in dozens of academic journals and newspapers, and he has served on several memorial design competition juries, including Berlin’s “Denkmal for the Murdered Jews of Europe,” and New York City’s National September 11 Memorial design competition.

Dr. Elizabeth B. (“Barry”) White is a historian in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Division of the Senior Historian, where she serves as an expert on matters related to the Holocaust, post-Holocaust genocides and mass atrocities, and international justice.  She has also served as the Research Director of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide.  Prior to her employment at the Museum, she served at the U.S. Department of Justice as the Chief Historian and Deputy Director of the Office of Special Investigations and, most recently, as Deputy Chief and Chief Historian of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.  In both positions, she directed research to develop and support prosecution of perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, Nazi persecution and other human rights violations.  Dr. White has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and is the author of German Influence in the Argentine Army, 1900-1945, as well as numerous articles and papers.


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This event finished on May 14, 2018.