In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (The Festival of Lights), WQPT-TV in the Quad Cities will be presenting in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities the following movies on December 24:
1. “Hanukkah: A Festival of Delights” – 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm (60 minutes)
Explore the evolution of Hanukkah from its origin as a small holiday within Judaism to one of major prominence in assimilated Americans Jewish life. Interviews include actors William Shatner and Lainie Kazan, author Abigail Pogrebin, rabbis, historians, artists, and more sharing historical background and personal memories of a unique holiday that connects generations of Jewish families.
2. “Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII” – 11:00 pm – 12 midnight (60 minutes)
Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII is a documentary focusing on the life stories of Jewish American World War II veterans. The film explores their unique experiences of being Jewish soldiers during a time of extreme Anti-Semitism both abroad, and in America. These men fought on enemy lines for their families, who were persecuted by the Nazis. Without them, many of us would not be here today.