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The Unimaginable Journey Of Peter Ertel

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Available until

Jan 01, 2025

Available in

United States of America, Canada

About the film

THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL is the riveting, multiple award-winning documentary about an aspiring violinist in Nazi Germany who's drafted into Hitler's army and defies overwhelming odds to not only survive World War II, but to become a U.S. Government agent. Then, after immigrating to America, he begins a 25-year career with a small company owned by Orthodox Jews. Peter Ertel, 95 at the time of filming, tells his own incredible and inspiring life story, making this an unprecedented documentary about that historic period, but with striking relevance to our current times. A true story so bold, brave, and beautiful, it will restore your faith that humanity can survive even the darkest of days.




1h 44m




Joseph Cahn


Mary Kay Salerno-Cahn, Joseph Cahn

Executive Producer

Samuel Hartwell


Peter Ertel

Awards & recognition

2016 G.I. Film Festival

Winner - Founders' Choice Award

2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Winner - David Ponce Best of the Fest Award

2017 Cleveland International Film Festival

Winner - Local Heroes Competition

What people are saying

"Ertel's story is one to be experienced, a story brought powerfully to life by Cahn."

Richard Propes

The Independent Critic

"A provocative and emotionally enriching life story. Highly recommended."

P. Hall

Video Librarian

"A powerful example that goodness can transcend racial, religious, and national barriers, and that forgiveness is possible."

Donald H. Harrison

San Diego Jewish World

"Peter Ertel's story speaks to the wonderful potential in humanity for forgiveness and reconciliation."

Cori Biddle

Educational Media Reviews Online

"A must-see for anyone with an interest in WWII or military history."

Rod Bustos

Library Journal

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