I want readers of Caffeinated Politics to be among the first to know of a new historical documentary project, Compassion on the Battlefield in WWII, now underway which many will find most intriguing. While reading about the project’s ambitious plans to document the degree which compassion plays a role in warfare my mind flicked back to a most incredible photograph I saw in an exhibit this spring in Washington, D.C.
The black-and-white photo showed a handsome young East German solider lifting barbed wire so a small boy could climb through and be reunited with his family. What I still recall was the focus of the soldier’s eyes as if he knew there was only a split second to do the right thing. The moral thing. The compassionate thing. Which is the type of thinking and action this groundbreaking documentary project seeks to explore.
Independent filmmaker Stephanie Manesis from Fargo, North Dakota is working on a film titled Compassion on the Battlefield in WWII where first-person experiences of unexpected acts of compassion are examined. Manesis has interviewed 42 veterans, 36 of which are World War II veterans. Visual footage from the Midwest, along with locations in Germany and England combine with soldiers talking about the way compassion plays out among comrades and between enemies makes this footage riveting and emotional.
The film also shares the views of experts who examine how compassionate acts occurred even though some jeopardized military careers. Combining the societal, religious, and cultural context in which compassion plays out in combat will prove to be a groundbreaking event certain to start a national dialogue. And you can be a part of this amazing project.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) of Moorhead, Minnesota, a 501(c)(3) organization, is *their fiscal sponsor, which * oversees all contributions made to this documentary. All donations are tax deductible. .Right now, an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign is running to raise money to complete the production of this film. Only one day of filming is left and then the team will move to post-production.
You can be a part of this project by watching this video about the film and donating today at http://www.zenlilyfilms.com!