Through support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in partnership with Erie’s Temple Anshe Hesed and the Jefferson Educational Society, WQLN TV’s original production ‘Shalom, Soldier’ tells the stories of several of Erie’s Jewish World War II servicemen.
The 30-minute program will premiere on WQLN-TV 54.1 and WQLN.org at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, with an encore broadcast at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
The public is encouraged to attend a free preview screening and panel discussion of ‘Shalom, Soldier’ and WNET/New York’s ‘GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II’ beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St., Erie, PA.
‘Shalom, Soldier’ features interviews with six members of Erie’s Jewish community sharing personal stories of their own or family members’ World War II experiences, and was produced in support of ‘GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II’ (premiering nationally on PBS stations at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018).
The feature-length documentary ‘GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II’ spotlights the little-known story of the more than 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in all branches of the military during World War II and features original interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Henry Kissinger, the late Bea Cohen, and others. Related content is available at PBS.org/GIJews and on social platforms using #GIJewsPBS.
Support for ‘Shalom, Soldier’ and ‘GI Jews’ was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.