A Voice Among the Silent is the first film to shine a light on James G. McDonald’s efforts to warn the US government of Hitler’s plan for the Jews. The son of Catholic immigrants, he was one of the first Americans to meet face-to-face with Hitler in 1933. This frightening encounter changed his life and plunged him into the effort to rescue Jews. Later, he was appointed as the first US Ambassador to Israel, and in this role he helped shape US policy and aid towards Israel for generations to come.


DR. RAFAEL MEDOFF is the founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and the author of more than 20 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and American Jewish history. Dr. Medoff has taught Jewish history at Ohio State University, Purchase College of the State University of New York, and (currently) Yeshiva University. He is a Fellow of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University. His latest book is America and the Holocaust: A Documentary History (Jewish Publication Society & University of Nebraska Press).

SHULI ESHEL is a producer-director of documentaries dealing with the arts, politics, social and historical matters. Among her documentaries, in addition to A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald, are To be a Woman Soldier, Women’s Peace in the Middle East, Maxwell Street: A Living Memory, The Jewish Experience in Chicago and Jewish Women in American Sport. She holds a B.A. in English & American Literature and Linguistics from Tel Aviv University and an MFA degree in film and television from Hornsey College of Art, London, England.

H. VAIL BARRETT is the grandson of James G. McDonald. Vail graduated from Westminster College in 1973. He was an Art Major and later worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and studied Studio Art in New York City. His pastel landscapes were shown at the Christina Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard for 14 years. His work is also in corporate collections. His cartoon illustrations and his sister’s writing were used in the 2018 book Three Sheets to the Wind published by Lions Press. Vail is passionate about his grandfather’s legacy and has given lectures at several libraries, churches, and Jewish Community Centers in Connecticut.

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