Toldot Yisrael is a Jerusalem based nonprofit organization dedicated to recording and sharing the firsthand testimonies of the men and women who helped build and found the State of Israel. Over 1,000 video interviews have so far been conducted with those who were involved during the pre-State struggle and the momentous events of 1948. Our aim is to conduct hundreds more over the next several years - while it is still possible.
"Eyewitness 1948: The American Contribution“ is a short film series produced by Toldot Yisrael with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation focusing on the efforts of Americans in the period leading up to the founding of the State of Israel. Films in the series describe WWII veterans (Machal) who fought in the War of Independence; volunteers who smuggled weapons, machine parts, and uniforms overseas; businessmen who raised funds to help bring Holocaust refugees to Palestine; and doctors, nurses, journalists, students, etc., who were eyewitnesses to Israel’s founding. Stories are selected to give American Jews a sense of pride in their role in building the State of Israel and to help educate Israelis about the unique contribution that Americans made to Israel's founding.
Interviews for this series were made possible through a grant from the William Davidson Foundation.
"Eyewitness 1948" is a short film series produced by Toldot Yisrael and the History Channel. The films are the centerpiece of an educational pilot program developed with The iCenter, made possible by the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.