Monday, July 15, 2024

Holocaust Film Program


The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel
A Film Directed by Joseph Cahn
An Exclusive Film Showing of a Powerful and True Holocaust Story
Sunday, October 22nd at 2 p.m.
Stratford Library
Free and Open To the Public

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, directed by Joseph Cahn, is a riveting 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 restores one’s faith that humanity can survive even the darkest of days.

Director Joseph Cahn has been producing, writing and editing broadcast and non-broadcast film and video productions for nearly thirty years. Before starting Victory Films in 2004, he was a producer-editor for several Cleveland-area multimedia firms. Prior to that, he was a producer with NFL Films, where he wrote and edited highlight films and segments for HBO, ESPN and home video.

After the Library screening of Peter Ertel, the Holocaust program at the library will host the film’s director, Joseph Cahn, for a Q&A following the film. Cahn will join the discussion via Zoom from his home in Ohio.

The special showing of The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel will begin at 2 p.m. on October 22nd in the library’s Lovell Room.

For further information, call the Stratford Library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or check its updated website at:

Cover Photo is of Peter Ertel.


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