Monday, February 24, 2014

[Quick Picks] Black History Month: The Wereth Eleven

THE WERETH ELEVEN (DVD, 2011) written and directed by Robert Child

I never heard of the Wereth Eleven before until I saw a portion of this film on television. I was happy to watch the full DVD thanks to a copy I checked out from our library. It is the powerful and tragic story of eleven African American soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 333rd Field Artillery Regiment. During World War II, these soldiers escaped capture from the German SS, only to become victims of a horrific massacre in Wereth, Belgium that was quietly investigated and forgotten.  

This is a very emotional film that combines action packed war reenactments with witness testimony and historical footage that viewers won’t ever forget.  -- Darletha, South Branch

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