The Jewish 48’ers

in the American Civil War

Released: February 7, 2020 – watch for free on YouTube – ’50


What do Jews from Europe, slaves, the Habsburg dynasty, Hungarian Revolution and the 1848 American Civil War have in common? How come Jews from Europe came to the USA and 70% of them fought on the Union side? What was the role of Jews from Europe in the Civil war? Answers to this question and many more you will find in The Jewish 48’ers movie. Join us on a trip to the past and discover forgotten stories of Jews who migrate from Europe to the USA.

On this journey, you will find out all about Joseph Pulitzer before he becomes one of the most famous journalists. You will meet with Colonel Frederick G. Utassy and learn how he was commanding the multinational army while he was fluently speaking seven different languages. General Knefler is one of the founding fathers of the first Jewish Federation of Indianapolis, and here you will find all about his journey from his migration from Hungary to the USA, fight in the Civil war and becoming one of the founding fathers.


  • Peter Banyavari – producer, co-director, editor, colorization
  • Peter K. Rosenbluth – director, co-producer, writer, colorization
  • Dr. Gary P. Zola – historian
  • Dr. Akos Molnar – historian
  • Jordan Auslander – narrator


  • Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival – official selection
  • Red Rose Film Festival – official selection
  • The Galveston Island Film Festival – official selection
  • Out of the Can International Film Festival – finalist
  • Royal Starr Film Festival, Michigan – official selection
  • Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles – finalist
  • New York Movie Awards – finalist
  • Canadian Cinematography Awards – finalist
  • IndieX Film Fest – semi-finalist
  • New Filmmakers, New York 2020 – official selection
  • The Lift Off Sessions, Pinewood Studios in London
  • The First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, Pinewood Studios in London


We would like to thank for donations to our donors and those who made this movie possible

Financial supporters

  • Robin and Bennett Greenspan Charitable Trust
  • A Boston based American Jewish foundation wishing to stay anonymous
  • Rosenbluth and Zachmann family
  • Friends and crowdfunding

Main material and research support

  • American Jewish Archives
  • Private collections of Jewish heritage

Presentation, research and production travel support

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage

Film production support

  • Kevin Hershberger
  • Jordan Auslander

Publicity and media support


Our projects are fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Watch the first documentary on the Jews and 1848, and the first colorized film on the Jews and the American Civil War. We made it with lots of love.

This movie is done for educational purposes because we believe that everyone should know the stories of the brave Jews and how they fought for their new home. We would like to thank you for all the donations you gave to us and made this project possible.

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Quote from Maj. General Oliver O. Howard