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Directed by Paul Allman

United States 2018 38 mins. In 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

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