Why our mission is critical.
People might wonder why Beyond the Call WWII documentaries are so important to us and the world. First and foremost, it's all about time. Our WWII Veterans are passing away at the rate of 245 per day, and along with them, their stories and legacies. With only an estimated 300,000 of these brave men and women left, it's critical to capture this history before they are all gone.
The second reason these WWII documentaries are so valuable is the history and lessons from these heroes can change lives. Beyond the Call believes history is one of our greatest teachers. In a world that can be filled with ugliness, all of us can learn from these stories. Perhaps it will open the doors for conversation and keep us from making the same mistakes from the past.
Finally, we owe SO MUCH to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Our world would be so much different today had the Axis powers not been defeated. While these heroes from the Greatest Generation have never sought recognition, Beyond the Call desires to honor our WWII Veterans for all they have done for us. Not only have our documentaries shed light on the experiences of these brave people, these resources have brought peace and healing for WWII Veterans and their families in a variety of ways.
A Rendezvous With Destiny
A Rendezvous With Destiny is our latest documentary, based on the book Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles by LTC Jos Groen. This story offers powerful and intense insights into the war experiences of three 101st Airborne Division combat veterans in WWII, Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, Dan McBride, and Dick Klein.
The Monument of Tolerance
75 years after the end of World War II, Veterans from the Allied and Axis forces, and survivors of the Holocaust, come together to reconcile and put tolerance into practice. These former enemies demonstrate to all that reconciliation is the way to a better future.
The Monument of Tolerance is a documentary that has taken over two years to complete and has been a tremendous emotional journey.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER NOW: COMING SUMMER 2021
Brothers in Arms: WWII Combat Marine Charlie Kohler
Charlie Kohler joined the United States Marine Corp and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. To Charlie's surprise, his little brother Eddie showed up to fight alongside him. Normally the military would separate brothers, but Eddie wanted to be with Charlie in battle.
Unfortunately for the Kohler brothers, only one of them would survive and make it home. Charlie shares his heart wrenching story of courage and his post-war journey to ensure that his brother's sacrifice for freedom is never forgotten.
Liberation Day: WWII Veteran and POW Sandlin Gillen
Sandlin Gillen is a WWII Veteran who served bravely with the 106th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. During the winter of 1944-45, Sandlin was captured, becoming a Prisoner of War to the German Army.
As a POW, Gillen endured little to no food, hard labor, torture, and the bitter cold. With the end of the war in sight, he recalls his liberation day out of Stalag 9B. Sandlin survived the war and would return home with his fellow comrades to pick up their lives.
Iwo Jima Survivor: WWII Veteran David Greene
David Greene enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in WWII to fight for our freedom. He would find himself in one of the most horrific amphibious invasions and battles for the Pacific when landing on the island of Iwo Jima.
David recalls the brutal experiences in one of the bloodiest battles in USMC history. He also shares his incredible story of reconciliation after his return to Iwo Jim to participate in a peace ceremony with his former enemies nearly 70 years later.
Survival: WWII Veteran and POW Richard Lockhart
WWII Veteran Richard Lockhart tells his story of survival during the Battle of the Bulge, as well as his eventual capture by the German Army, where he was sent to be a Prisoner of War at Stalag 9B.
Richard relives some of the atrocities of his time as POW, including being the victim of senseless beatings as a prisoner, as well as witnessing American soldiers of Jewish descent being rounded up and sent to the brutal Berga labor camp.