This documentary traces the development of American Jewry beginning with the arrival of the first Jewish settlers in 1645 in New Amsterdam. Filmed in Holland, Germany, and throughout the United States, the film begins with the Spanish Inquisition and follows the persecuted Jews in their flight from Spain and Portugal to refuge in the Netherlands. The film examines how Jews participated in major U.S. historical events including the Revolution, the Civil War and the two World Wars. Vivid period paintings, engravings and photographs further demonstrate how Jews helped shape the growing American nation.
Rendezvous with Freedom
USA, 1972, 56 minutes, color
Directed by Marc Siegel
Public Exhibition 16mm Rental available