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The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel - Film Screening and Director Discussion

Course number : LIR297   ID : 27334    Section Number : 1
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In the midst of great evil, it is the courageous man or woman who refuses to succumb, and Peter Ertel was one such man. Forced to serve in the German army despite his open contempt for the Nazis and his refusal to kill the enemy, Ertel would not only miraculously survive World War II but would also be regarded as family by his Jewish employers. THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL is a riveting, award-winning account of the life of a man who defied insurmountable odds in an unforgiving environment and who later found peace in America. This film combines archive footage – much of which has never before been shown – with Ertel’s own brave telling of his extraordinary odyssey. A true story so bold, brave, and beautiful it will restore your faith that humanity can survive even the darkest of days. Winner of the "David Ponce Best of the Fest Award" at the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, the "Founders' Choice Award" at the 2016 G.I. Film Festival, and the "Local Heroes Competition" at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival. Students will first screen the 104-minute film. Following a short break, students will then have an opportunity to have a conversation with the director via Zoom.

Class Details

1 Session(s)
Weekly - Fri

Sweadner Hall

Continuing Education Instructor 



Please read:  This course is made possible by a generous donation from the Shirley Cruickshank Wolfe Fund. This course will meet on campus in an in-person environment.



Registration Closes On
Friday, November 1, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/1/2024 - 11/1/2024 Weekly - Fri 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM Frederick, Sweadner Hall  Map, Room: Sweadner Hall Continuing Education Instructor