The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Collection

Unfinished Buisness

5 Minutes, 1948
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Directed by: Unknown
Production Company:United Jewish Appeal
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A short documentary produced by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), United Palestine Appeal (US), and the United Services for New Americans (UNSA). Journalist Drew Pearson takes center stage, addressing the crucial mobilization of support for the Jewish nation in the aftermath of World War II. Through archival footage, the film shows key moments such as Moshe Sharett’s speech at the United Nations, the heroic actions of soldiers in the War of Independence, and the arrival of immigrants seeking refuge. The film also presents the challenges faced by these immigrants as they acclimate to their new lives in Israel. Interspersed with these narratives are hard-to-watch archival footage from the death camps, serving as a powerful reminder of the urgent need to create a safe and stable shelter for the Jewish people. The film emphasizes the significance of supporting the establishment of an independent democratic Jewish state


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