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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

Hear, in their own words, the soldiers' accounts. Where available, a link is provided to a short biography.

The Shlomo Shamir, Yitzchak Moore, and Haim Einav interviews are outtakes from Is Jerusalem Burning? Myth, Memory and the Battle of Latrun. The others are outtakes from In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II.

This digitized collection is only a small sample of the dozens of interviews available on VHS and beta in our archive. See the full inventory in this PDF:

We are seeking funding to further the digitization of the collection. If you have comments or questions, please contact us.

Click on any of the thumbnails to view the video.

Hanoch Bartov

Hanoch Bartov

Bartov served as medic for the Brigade, and later wrote a  fictionalized account of his story.

Oly Givon

Givon was chosen to go to the Palmach because he had been trained in the Haganah.  In the Palmach he began as the first commander of the women's group.

Johanan Peltz

Johanan Peltz Image

Though he had been shot in the leg before the war, Peltz rose to 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army during World War II.

Yitzchak Moore

Yitzchak Moore Image

Moore worked in the British Army during World War II.  In May, 1948 he joined the engineer corps of the newly formed Israeli army.  A few days later he was ordered to join the seventh brigade to go to Latrun to try to open the road to Jerusalem.

Haim Einav

Haim Einav Image

Einav was part of the seventh brigade during the Battle at Latrun.  He considers his biggest accomplishment during the war was going up to Hill 314 and saving most of the soldiers there.