Passion Project – Overlooked Stories of our WWII Vets

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to get a little personal and talk about a true passion project.

In early 2015, our team set out to use our talent and resources to capture the stories of an often-overlooked veteran population – the brave Jewish soldiers who served our country during WWII. Under the auspices of Charlotte-based Hornet’s Nest Jewish War Veterans Post 765, we’re capturing first-hand accounts of deeply moving experiences, told as stories with lessons to be learned by these “Greatest Generation” veterans. 

The film is entitled Jewish American Soldiers: Stories From WWII. 

These men volunteered to join the military and were put in harm’s way to defend a country that, in many cases, was overtly discriminating against them for their faith. It’s the reality of that era, which makes it an important lesson for generations who did not have that experience. Most of them never spoke about their stories with families or friends, until now.  

Our intention with the film is to allow these heartbreaking, inspiring, and in some cases, truly stirring stories to serve as a touchstone and warning for future generations. If we can learn from history, we might have a chance of ensuring it does not get repeated. Then, at least in a way, what these soldiers endured on the battlefield and in life served a purpose. Each of them selflessly protected our country and allowed generations of our families to enjoy the freedoms we have today. The process of making this documentary had an unanticipated cathartic side effect for many of them, which is evident on camera. 

It’s a truly emotional, impactful, and heartfelt story.

You can view the trailer for Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII here.

Our team is using crowd funding to assist in the financing of the project. If you’d like to help, please visit our GoFundMe page. 

If you had the means to create your own passion project what would it be? Tell us about it. Talk to you next Friday.