In Our Own Hands (2000)


“It was Ben Gurion’s phrase that we would fight against Hitler as if the White Paper did not exist and we would fight against the White Paper as if Hitler did not exist. ” – Netanel Lorch

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the story of the Jewish Brigade who fought for England during World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite a long time and finally was able to get a copy to watch and review.

This film does an amazing job telling us the stories of these men which led to them becoming fighters during World War II.

The interviews with these men are extremely powerful ones and they make sure that we completely understand how important their unique fighting force was during the war itself.

They are all very candid about the actions that they took in order to try and help the remnants of their Jewish brothers and sisters both during and following the war.

These men risked their lives and status while trying to help complete strangers who are only connected via being very very distant relatives.

The anecdotes that these men pass on are quite fascinating to listen to because they are quite innovative and ingenious in the way that these plans unfold.

This film is able to give us some very profound stories that allows us to get a much broader perspective on the way that these soldiers felt especially given the numerous loyalties that they chose to serve along the way.

Bottom Line – Great look at how these men are able to reflect on the events that led them to fight in World War II.  The interviews with these men are quite powerful and we get to understand really well why they chose to volunteer to fight in this very unique fighting unit.  The men are all very candid abut everything that happened to them and how they used their position to help save as many of their brethren as possible both during and immediately after the war. The various anecdotes that they relay are quite profound and help give us a much broader perspective on the inner feelings of soldiers who have loyalties to numerous places. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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 Chuck Olin Films)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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