Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells the real story of Moe Berg, major league baseball player turned spy. 

In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Berg, Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII…Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft.

From Hank Greenberg to Moe Berg, the Ciesla Foundation scores with another film about baseball, history, and heroism.

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The Spy Behind Home Plate is a documentary about Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jewish catcher during baseball’s Golden Age who joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to spy for the U.S. on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor – Moe Berg’s Broadcast

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General William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan

(January 1, 1883 – February 8, 1959) As leaders gather in Paris to commemorate the end of World War 1, The Ciesla Foundation would like to share the story of a hero, General William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan. In 1907, Donovan graduated from Columbia Law School and...

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