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Footsteps of My Father

  • Directed by Paul Allman
  • United States, 2018, 38 mins., English

Allman’s film documents an act of bravery that might have been forgotten and lost to history had it not been for a son’s rediscovery of his father’s journals and a chance encounter with a surviving prisoner of war. Roddie Edmonds (1919 –1985) was a Master Sergeant in the 422nd Army Infantry Regiment during World War II. Captured by the Germans, he became the ranking U.S. non-commissioned officer at the Stalag IX-A prisoner-of-war camp, where he stood up to prevented 200 Jewish soldiers from being singled out for additional persecution and possible death. For his actions, Edmond, a Christian, was the only American soldier ever awarded the World Holocaust Remembrance Center’s “Righteous Among the Nations” honor, the highest award for non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.  

Genres: Documentary