The final weeks of World War II. His Majesty's Jewish Brigade - the only all-Jewish fighting unit in the war - goes into combat against the hated Nazis...and comes away victorious. It is after the war, though, that the real story of the Brigade begins. Amidst the chaos of post-war Europe, and under the noses of the occupying Allied armies, the young Jewish soldiers mastermind one clandestine operation after the next: forming secret vengeance squads to assassinate Nazi officers in hiding...engineering the rescue and illegal movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine. Later, in 1948, Brigade veterans help organize and lead the fledgling Israel Defense Forces in their new country's War of Independence. From the trenches of Northern Italy to the refugee camps of war-torn Europe, In our Own Hands unravels the thrilling tale of young Jewish soldiers who carried the weight of a people on their shoulders. Written by
I'm not of the generation to have lived through the events shown in this documentary but I am aware of the ongoing need to see History for what it is! 2002 "Political Correctness" weighs Israeli Jewish sentiments as of equal accord with Palestinian regrets and sore-loser status over the 1948 granting of a Mandate by Britain and the United Nations. How wrongheaded such historical "Know-Nothing"-ism looks in the bright sunlight of day! This documentary that was shown today (April 28, 2002) at our PBS affiliate keeps perspective on the daring and audacity of committed Jews who were part of the WW II forces to defeat Nazism and Fascist totalitarianism. When the Second World War is glossed over as something that "happened" to six million Jews, the impression that's left isn't always of a positive nature. Even though the fighting men (of quite a range, really)who tell their stories from that horrendous world conflict are an unusual minority among veterans, this aspect of a unified Jewish brigade deserves our consideration as much as does as that of a "Friend of Israel" like Oskar Schindler and his much-heralded "List." Thanks, filmmakers and producers for this job of showing 50 years later how the courage of common people stopped the NAZI killing machine in its tracks. There's no cynicism or snide remarks about conspiratorial machinations allowed in this production; no complaints given its documentary vision from this viewer. 10 *'s in my humble opinion.
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