Being Armenian and growing up with my Grandfather’s stories on how I should never forget the injustices that happened to our family during the genocide of 1915, I always desired this need to tell stories that had historical importance about humanity. It was only recently that I was faced with this responsibility to tell a largely unknown part of World War 2 and the
heroes that were imprisoned behind the barbed wired fences of the Dora-Mittlebau Labor Camp in Germany.
My uncle Eddie was a quiet man, unless he spoke about his time in the war battling against Nazi Germany where he served under General Patton at “The Battle of the Bulge”. His love of the country Belgium was unusual at times, as he experienced as a very young man, thrown into the folds of life or death. With bombs flying overhead and the horrors of war, this is
where I am sure, he became a man. I favored my uncle, who was notorious for his love of ice cream and I was the recipient of his freezer filled with whatever cold goodies a young child’s heart desired. Movie star handsome, he would sit in his chair and reminisce about the past. And, it would always be about the war.
My uncle has long since passed, but family memories came alive one weekend last year with my cousins, when we spoke of family and then of my uncle. It was here that I learned that the term “dirty bomb” was a nickname that the US Soldiers termed the V-2 missile that misfired. This missile was Adolph Hitler’s last chance of winning the war. I discovered that these
missiles were sabotaged by the prisoners of the Dora-Mittlebau Labor Camp and 200 of the men were hung for their sabotage if caught.
I was so blown away about this heroic sacrifice and the power of one against the whole Nazi force, that I had to make the film. The idea that within the confines of their slavery, this small group of Jewish men risked the lives for others. And, thinking of my uncle, whose life was
somehow saved because of this selfless act of heroism, I became even more determined to tell their story, these unknown men, whose lives were lost.
So, as I embarked upon writing the script. I wanted to tell two stories that would come together in the end – the camp and the battlefield. One ending would be life-saving and one would end tragically. This is “Dirty Bomb”. A time in history that no one should forget.