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WUCF to Screen GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II at the Holocaust Center

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WUCF is proud to partner with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center and The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando to host a screening of the film GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II. The documentary spotlights 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.

The screening will be held Tuesday, March 27 starting at 6pm at the Holocaust Center in Maitland. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The film will air on WUCF on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event is free but registration is required. Sign up at wucftv.org/events.

GI Jews features more than 25 original interviews with veterans who speak candidly about the impact of their wartime experiences: Mel Brooks, who served in the Army; Henry Kissinger, a refugee from Nazi Germany who was drafted into the Army; Carl Reiner, the son of Jewish immigrants, who traveled throughout the Pacific theater with the Special Services Entertainment Unit; the late Bea Cohen, who was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in England; and Max Fuchs, who served in the 1st infantry division and was the cantor at a Jewish service in Aachen, Germany, broadcast by NBC in 1944.

“We’re honored to bring these incredible takes of bravery to a Central Florida audience as part of WUCF’s commitment to spotlighting veterans’ stories of service,” said Dr. Phil Hoffman, WUCF Executive Director.

In addition to the screening, WUCF is highlighting stories from veterans of all generations. Local journalist Jon Busdeker is working with WUCF to tell these stories, which includes traveling to Washington, D.C. as part of Space Coast Honor Flight with World War II veterans.

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II is a production of Turquoise Films, Inc. in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Directed and produced by Lisa Ades, produced by Amanda Bonavita and written by Maia Harris. For WNET, Lesley Norman, Executive Producer; Ben Phelps, Coordinating Producer; and Stephen Segaller, Executive in Charge.

Support for GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Righteous Persons Foundation, the Dobkin Family Foundation, Alexander Wolf & Son, Al Berg, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, River Birch LLC, Marlene & Hymie Mamiye, Mass Humanities, Robert & Pamela Jacobs, the Jacquin P. Fink Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Alan I. Franco, the Paler Foundation.

About the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center
The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center is a non-profit organization and museum that seeks to build a more compassionate and inclusive society through its thought-provoking exhibits, innovative programming, and the highly acclaimed UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative.  The museum is free and its hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-1pm; and Sunday, 1pm-4pm.  Visitors may schedule group tours by calling 407-628-0555. To learn more about the Holocaust Center's mission to create a more inclusive and caring community, visit www.holocaustedu.org

About WUCF TV
WUCF TV, Central Florida PBS is the sole-service PBS member station whose mission is to encourage curiosity and learning through compelling content and community engagement. The station serves nearly 4 million Central Floridians across nine counties and is community supported public broadcasting from the University of Central Florida.  Learn more at http://wucftv.org.