About the project
The documentary will tell the story of the forgotten Jewish Hungarian immigrants who fought in the Union army as volunteers during the Civil War. Not only on the battlefield but they also contributed to human values and took their part in the building of today's America.
When the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 was crushed the Jews, who participated had no other choice but to leave Hungary.
People do not know that the Jewish volunteers played a key role in the Union's victory but there's a demand from the American public to find out more. Our heroes were almost all veterans of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 and many also fought in the Italian War of Independence. As experienced veterans they brought significant military experience to the US at a time when the Union army was desperately in need of skilled officers.
Our documentary will be the first to unveil this chapter of the Civil War. We have only revealed some of our main characters in the short film. You will learn about General Knefler, General Stahel, General Mundee, Colonel Utassy and even about the adventure of the famous Joseph Pulitzer. But it will be the feature film that will tell the most fascinating civil war stories you could not imagine before.
Brevet Brigadier General Knefler was born in Hungary who was barely 15 years old when he fought through the Revolution of 1848. He later became one of the highest ranking Jewish officers of the Union army. He is also known as one of the founding fathers of the First Jewish Congregation in Indianapolis.
Stahel was an experienced officer who served as a lieutenant during the Hungarian Revolution. He is a Medal of Honor recipient. "Led his division into action until he was severely wounded." His Jewish roots are disputed by historians, but Hungarian experts suggest he was highly likely of Jewish origin.
Frederick George Utassy and his brothers served in the 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The brothers were distinguished veterans of the Hungarian Revolution. Colonel Utassy was the founder and commander of the Garibaldi Guards also known as the 39th New York Volunteer Infantry regiment till 1863.
Jewish Documentaries challenge antisemitism by unearthing unknown topics about Jewish history. We believe education is the right response to ignorance, racism and antisemitism. Project Director Peter Rosenbluth's recent action is the proven example we are in the right direction.
Peter Rosenbluth's statement following the meeting
"Today I met Labour Councillor Damien Enticott as anti-Semitic content appeared on his Facebook last week. I explained him that "Talmud Jews" and "Jews drink blood" phrases were used by the Nazi propaganda machine and it cost the lives of 6 million Jews. A few days later he stated he is not anti-Semitic just anti-Zionist. This afternoon we went through the Jewish history and he was very open minded.... I told him Zionism is not a conspiracy theory but in short, an idea that Jews deserve a national homeland. I gave him a book about British Jewish history as seen in the picture. Mr. Enticott took the responsibility and admitted he was wrong. On the other hand, I am very pleased he was willing to learn about the Jewish culture. As we live in the same country we need to communicate more, and education can change anti-Semitism."
As a descendant of a Jewish lieutenant who fought in the Revolution of 1848 and as a grandson of Holocaust survivors I intend to preserve and promote the Jewish heritage and culture from which everyone can learn. In this film people will discover forgotten and heroic parts of the Jewish history they have never heard of. I strongly believe our documentary is important in the 21st century and that education is the best way to push back antisemitism and racism. I am confident that together we can make a change.
We are independent film makers who do this project from passion. We have got fiscal sponsorship with the International Documentary Association (IDA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Let's make this film together with you. Please donate to our honourable project and share it with your community. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
IDA film ID: #4538
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