A Wing and a Prayer: Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Talk

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley, 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, PA
United States

 A Wing and a Prayer, a new PBS documentary, tells the virtually unknown story of World War II aviators who risked their lives and freedom in 1948 to prevent a second Holocaust. Boaz Dvir, an award-winning filmmaker and Penn State professor, directed and produced the independent documentary being shown around the country on PBS stations. 


Dvir will introduce the film and afterwards, discuss the making of the documentary and how his quest to relay an untold story uncovered a piece of the past he plans to add to the history books. 


“This is an incredible story of heroes who did something remarkable, and we just don’t know about it,” said Dvir, who teaches in the journalism and film departments at Penn State’s University Park campus. 


The hour-long film features exclusive interviews by the operation’s secretive key members, including its leader, Adolph Schwimmer, and chief pilot, Sam Lewis. Watch the trailer. 


Narrated by William Baldwin (Hawaii-Five-O, Backdraft), A Wing and a Prayer features firsthand accounts of daring escapes and heart-pounding action from Schwimmer, Lewis and other members of the group, including Christian radio operator Eddie Styrak. These exclusive interviews provide rich detail on WWII veterans who helped reshape history, yet have been forgotten by the history books.

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