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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Olin Film Archive

A guide to the Chuck Olin Film Archive, part of which has been digitized by the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois.

First-hand Accounts from the Jewish Brigade

With gratitude for the generosity of the family of Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Olin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is happy to announce the significant gift of the Olin Film Archive.

This collection consists of production elements from two PBS-broadcast documentaries; In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II, and Is Jerusalem Burning? Myth, Memory and the Battle of Latrun. Both films, relying primarily on first-person accounts, tell the story of critical episodes in the formation of the nation-state of Israel.

The unedited versions of the first-person accounts contained in the collection offer the student or scholar a unique set of primary-source material. See the Archive inventory here:

In advance of the establishment of bibliographic control of the collection, the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library will offer access by appointment. Please contact Celestina Savonius-Wroth ( or 217-300-3520) for further information.