Film shares WWII veterans’ stories - Arts & Culture

Film shares WWII veterans’ stories

Graham Paul | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:00 am

After hearing the stories of a family member veteran from the WWII Army Air Corps (today known as the United States Air Force), director Alan Feinberg began what would become a three-year process interviewing Jewish members of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Those interviews, in addition to photos, videos and narration from Feinberg, turned into a documentary, “Bagels Over Berlin.” After screening this film at several temples, community centers and film festivals across the country, “Bagels Over Berlin” premiered locally on Oct. 30 at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus to commemorate Veterans Day. The event was facilitated by the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival in partnership with the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix. More than 100 attendees, including several veterans, came to view Feinberg’s film. It will be shown again in Chandler on Nov. 13 (see details box.)

Before the film rolled, Feinberg discussed his inspiration for the creation of “Bagels Over Berlin”: “We invited my wife’s uncle Don over for dinner… And the conversation for the first time after all these years turned to his experiences in the war. He flew in the Army Air Corps, and participated in the bombing of the Ploiesti oil fields in Romania, I was fascinated by his story… and I was in a big hurry to record these stories of him and his contemporaries,” Feinberg said.

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