(photo credit: Telad)
The History Channel this Sunday night is screening Vietnam: Israeli War Veterans
– a locally-made documentary focusing on American soldiers who served in the war
and later moved to Israel.
The documentary centers on the stories of
seven soldiers who describe their experiences fighting in Vietnam and their
subsequent move to Israel, and for some, another call to duty in the IDF. Among
them are Captain Michael Becker – a Massachusetts native who served as a
helicopter pilot in 1967-68, made aliya in 1975, adopted an observant lifestyle
and now lives as Gedalia Becker in Jerusalem’s Old City – and Captain Herb
Levine, a special units officer in 1969-70, who also moved to Israel in 1975 and
served in the IDF as a physical education instructor.
provided by the fighters gives the viewer a unique view of the war,” said Yael
Michaeli, the director of the History Channel.
“Through their stories, we
can see the connection between their experiences in that traumatic war and their
aliya to Israel and service in the IDF.”
The documentary will air
immediately after the premiere of the new six-part series, Vietnam: Lost Films
which utilizes uncensored Vietnam war footage, much of which was shot by
soldiers in action. It airs at 10:10 p.m. on Channel 37 on YES and Channel 42 on
HOT, to be immediately followed at 10:50 p.m. by Vietnam: Israeli War Veterans.