1994 marked the fiftieth reunion of the Jewish Brigade--and the beginning of IN OUR OWN HANDS. Our crew traveled to Israel to meet the veterans and film the gathering.

In follow-up interviews with a dozen senior Brigade officers we collected compelling first-hand accounts of the Brigade in action--more than thirty hours in all. Throughout 1995 and 1996 we conducted more interviews with veterans, and also spoke with survivors who had been rescued by the Brigade.

As with Steven Spielberg's effort to record the testimony of Holocaust victims, time has not always been on our side. For example, General Meir Zorea, a Brigade leader and hero in the War of Independence, died only months after we spoke with him. Since then Netanel Lorch has also died.

Biographies: Introduction

Featured Jewish Brigade Veterans

More Jewish Brigade Veterans

Holocaust Survivors in the film

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Hanoch Bartov

Chanan Greenwald

Pavel Mozes

Johanan Peltz

Shlomo Shamir

* Meir Zorea (General "Zarro")

Featured Jewish Brigade veterans
These veterans all play key roles in the film IN OUR OWN HANDS. Click on a name for a short biography and assorted links to photographs, personal stories, and audio/video clips.

* deceased

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Avram Akavia

Arie Amir

Ted Arison

Aharon Hoter Ishay

Izhak Bar-on

Yehezkel Bar-on

Shimon Behar

Ephraim Ben Arzi

David Ben-David

Gideon Ben Israel

Zve Brenner

Israel Carmy

Michael J. Cohen

Eric Feuer

Yoav Gelber

Oly Givon

Saul Golan

Cyril Goodman

Martin Hauser

Mark Hyatt

Yoav Gelber

Maxim Kahan

Gabriel Knoller

Jack Levy

* Natanel Lorch

Shimon Maze

Shlomo Netzer

Yosi Peled

Arie Pinchuk

Shaul Ramati

Edmund de Rothschild

Joseph Seltzer

Meir de Shalit

Aharon Shamir

Avram Silberstein

Sidney Sonenschein

* David Spector

Brig. Gen. Israel Tal

Adin Talbar

Avraham Uzieli

More Jewish Brigade veterans
Some of these veterans appear in the film IN OUR OWN HANDS. Others provided valuable materials and information. Click on a name for a short biography and assorted links to photographs, personal stories, and audio/video clips.

* deceased

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Lisa Derman

Dr. Moshe Bejsky

Rinna Irmay

Alex Shore

Gisela Sicherer

Holocaust survivors in the film
Some of these Holocaust survivors appear in the film IN OUR OWN HANDS. Others provided valuable materials and information. Click on a name for a short biography and assorted links to photographs, personal stories, and audio/video clips.

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Chuck Olin
Director, Co-Producer

Chuck Cooper
Co-Producer

Matthew Palm
Co-Producer

Elizabeth Hake
Project Manager

Steve Rosofsky
Cameraman

Robert Schneiger
Editor

Steve Mullen
Composer

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