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Footsteps of My Father - Film Screening

“Footsteps of My Father” is an award-winning short film that uncovers an act of extraordinary courage by Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, a devout Christian from Knoxville who risked his own life to save the lives of 200 Jewish G.I.s when they were prisoners of the Germans in WWII.  This act of bravery would have been forgotten and lost to history, had it not been for the rediscovery of Edmonds’ private diary by his son, UT alumnus Chris Edmonds, and a chance encounter with one of the surviving Jewish American P.O.W.s.  Chris Edmonds sets out to follow the footsteps of his father, discovering the truth about the brutality inflicted on captured Jewish American G.I.s, and searching for the men, and their families, who he saved. Roddie Edmonds passed away before knowing the enormous impact of his bravery, and before knowing he would be the only American soldier ever recognized by Israel's Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  Edmonds never spoke of his heroism to anyone. Now, through his own words, written in his own hand, his voice can be heard.

Chris Edmonds will be present to introduce the film and do a Q&A follow-up.

Sponsored by: HIllel at UTK, Campus House of Prayer, and the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at UT. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Alumni Memorial Building, Room 32
1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Exhibits & Films


Humanities & Social Sciences


General Public


Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies

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Gary Peacock

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