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Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II (1992)

An account of Black American soldiers in World War II who combated racism in the segregated military and on the home front. In April 1945, some Black American soldiers were among the first ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Denzel Washington ... Narrator (voice)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Reader (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Bass Leon Bass ... Himself
Benjamin Bender Benjamin Bender ... Himself
Lena Horne ... Herself (archive footage)
Israel Lau Israel Lau ... Himself (as Rabbi Israel Lau)
Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
E.G. McConnell E.G. McConnell ... Himself
Doris 'Dorie' Miller Doris 'Dorie' Miller ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Parks Paul Parks ... Himself
Leonard 'Smitty' Smith Leonard 'Smitty' Smith ... Himself
David Yager David Yager ... Himself


An account of Black American soldiers in World War II who combated racism in the segregated military and on the home front. In April 1945, some Black American soldiers were among the first 'liberators' to enter Nazi death camps, encountering the survivors described by one GI as "walking skeletons." Written by Phil Boroff <pdboroff@#cs.com>

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11 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Not a true story.
2 February 2012 | by zakmurphySee all my reviews

Since the other review opened with a quote from E.G. McConnell, I figured I'd open this one with a quote from the very same man, "It's a lie. We were nowhere near these camps when they were liberated." - E. G. McConnell. Most agree that the Holocaust was just awful and most are so very anxious to believe in stories about black heroes during WWII, most will also agree that historical fact is much more important than a sensationalized story..

This movie is fraudulent. So fraudulent, the network (WNET) pulled its name from the credits and the distribution of this film has been "supressed." If you do end up viewing this, KEEP IN MIND, the 761st Tank Battalion DI NOT liberate any camps. I'm sure that they would have.. But they did not and could not..

This film being proved fraudulent did not stop Steven Spielberg from interviewing one of the same liars that is featured in this film, Paul Parks, whose story was not changed over the years.. The only thing Spielberg had changed was what unit Paul Parks was supposedly in.

Bottomline: this is an extremely disrespectful film. Disrespecting the men who ACTUALLY liberated these camps (9th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 6th Armored Division of Patton's 3rd Army) the men, women, and children who Truly suffered, but it especially disrespects those of us who honestly want to learn the truth. Such misinformation and propaganda is harmful for victims and villains alike as the murkier the water, the more unsure are your steps.

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