WWII Documentary Presents Rare German Soldier's Perspective

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 The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel 

The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel, is an award-winning documentary about the extraordinary odyssey of a decorated German Platoon Leader during World War II who defied overwhelming odds against his survival and became a U.S. Government agent. 

Peter Ertel, 95 at the time of filming, tells his remarkable life story with unflinching honesty and raw emotion - from his days as a "very unsoldierlike" draftee whose open disdain of fhe Nazis lands him on the Gestapo's blacklist, through the history-shaping battles he survives, notably the Battle of Moscow (1941-42) and the Battle of Normandy (1944) where he is fatefully captured by American troops. Sent to a POW camp in Alabama, he is one of a select few recruited to assist in rebuilding Germany as a functioning democracy.  After serving as a Special Advisor to the U.S. Military Government in postwar Germany, he immigrates to the U.S. and begins a 25-year career at a small Ohio company owned by Orthodox Jews.  Featuring rare archival footage, much of which has never been shown before, "The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel" presents a rare, first-person German perspective of the war with unprecedented intimacy and candor. 

If you teach a course covering World War II or in military history, we offer a free preview of the film for you to evaluate for use in your curriculum. Just request the preview using our Contact form (or e-mail us), making sure to identify your institution, and we will promptly send you the link and password to watch the full movie online.
Watch the trailer and read some testimonials about the film. 



"Remarkable...A must see for anyone interested in World War II"    - Library Journal       

"A provocative and emotionally enriching life story.  Highly Recommended"   - Video Librarian

"Beautifully done"   - Military Times

Winner - Best of the Fest Award, 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Winner - Founders' Choice Award (top honors), 2016 G.I. Film Festival
Winner - Local Heroes Competition, 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival


The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel (2017)  / 104 min. / English w/English subtitles 

Produced & Directed by Joseph Cahn  


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