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Jewish veterans talk about preconceptions and the value of character in World War II.
“In combat together, our lives depended on each other.” Jewish veterans and experts talk about preconceptions about Jews in the World War II era and the prevailing value of character over religion in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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The documentary GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II is the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II. These brave men and women fought for their nation and for Jewish people worldwide. 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.