Joe Moser Traveling to Buchenwald to Celebrate Liberation and film documentary

April 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

This April is the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald by American troops. The Buchenwald Memorial society and the German government have invited former prisoners and liberators to help celebrate. The German government is covering the cost of Joe’s trip plus an accompanying family member.

Joe, two daughters and a grandson will be leaving for Germany on Thursday, April 8 returning April 17. While at Buchenwald they will participate in receptions with the mayor of Weimar, Catholic Mass, dinner and a wreath-laying ceremony. Joe will also be interviewed a number of German students who are conducting an oral history project focusing the Allied airmen held in Buchenwald. There is growing recognition about this little known event and Joe is one of the few survivors able to provide first-hand information about the terrible conditions and brutality in this infamous work camp.

A documentary film crew will be accompanying Joe to Buchenwald, then travel with him to France to film where he bailed out from his stricken P-38, talk to family members of the farmers who helped him, and follow his path after capture from Marchefroy, to Paris, to Buchenwald. The documentary film, “Jump Into Hell” is being produced by Mike Dorsey, an established California-based filmmaker and will focus on Joe Moser and Lt. Col. E.C. “Easy” Freeman, another American airman held in Buchenwald. Freeman is the grandfather of filmmaker Dorsey.

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7 Comments

  1. Frank Dickerson said,

    I just met Joe Moser last week and just finished reading his book. I decided to google his name and discovered the making of the documentary “Jump Into Hell” . When will this be released?

    • gbaron said,

      Mr. Dickerson, hopefully by the end of this year. I’ve seen some of the rough edits–it is looking great.

      • Frank Dickerson said,

        Outstanding. He is a very humble person and deserves the best. I look forward to watching this documentary. How will I know when it will be released? Will you be able to contact me and let me know or is there another source of information to look for this release?

  2. Mary Larson said,

    I haven’t been back to this site in a couple of years. I have recently been going through the documents and articles we have of my father-in-law Merle Larson. I am excited to hear there is a documentary coming out next year and look forward to its release.

  3. gbaron said,

    Hello Mary, sorry for the long delay in responding. The documentary is coming along very nicely and is getting into final stages of editing and completion. Definitely references to your late father-in-law in there. Certainly wish I had had the chance to meet him. Joe holds him in such high regard. You may know that I was working with Al Mills, starting to write his story when, sadly, he passed. I was surprised to hear that Al and Merle were partners for a time in a business, kitchen remodeling I think, after the war.

  4. SMartin said,

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