Join us for the WRJC's second annual Jewish Film Festival! Tonight's film is The Real Inglorious Bastards, a poignant and exciting documentary that was shown on the Canadian History Channel.
Hans Wijnberg and Fred Mayer were among the ex-pats who left the safety of America to risk their lives in covert missions run by the U.S. government’s newly formed Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The most successful of these intelligence-gathering actions was Operation Greenup. On a perilous winter night high above the Austrian Alps, two Jewish soldiers embarked on what seemed like a suicide mission: fly under enemy radar, parachute onto a glacier, infiltrate a Nazi stronghold and then relay information back to the Allies. Their only guide was a German deserter and POW, former Wehrmacht officer Franz Weber who opposed the Nazis and knew his way around the alpine region. The actions of these unlikely brothers-in-arms helped advance the course of the war, disrupting a vital German-Italian supply route, and bringing about the surrender of Innsbruck, a strategic transportation hub targeted by the Allies. The intrepid trio vividly recalls the hair-raising adventure, their firsthand account further dramatized by highly effective reenactments and animation, archival footage and historian commentary.