This film is held by the BFI (ID: 19783).


DOCUMENTARY. The work of the Hadassah Medical Organisation (sponsored by the Women's Zionist Organisation of America) in Palestine, particularly during World War II. The Hadassah Organisation brings American techniques to help the Jewish people in Palestine (130), not only in technical matters but in the fight against ill-health (147). The school lunches programme not only feeds the children but also demonstrates how nourishing meals can be prepared from home-grown produce (166). Recreation facilities enable the children to play safely under supervision and within easy reach of air-raid shelters (198). The Nathan and Lena Strauss Health Centre cares for schoolchildren, providing all medical and dental services (237). Mother-and-child health stations are also provided, which continue to look after the children up to school age (268). The health centre at Tiberias and the hospital at Safed, which has special units for tuberculosis, malaria etc, both receive aid from Hadassah (296). The Rothschild Hadassah University Hospital at Jerusalem (312). Dr. Judah L. Magnes, President of the Hebrew University (338), and Henrietta Szold, the hospital founder (347). Part of the hospital is the Henrietta Szold School of Nursing where students learn all branches of nursing including dietetics and cooking (397). An accident call at the hospital -- trolleys are brought round, drugs prepared, the operating theatre made ready for use. Much of the modern hospital equipment has been sent from Hadassah headquarters in New York (474). The hospital maternity unit: the infant mortality rate in these hospitals is one of the lowest in the world. In the children's wards, too, care and good treatment ensure that all the patients recover as quickly as possible (514). The Hebrew University, in its beautiful surroundings (529), is a centre for medical research. Many of the results have been accepted by independent medical authorities all over the world (548). Wartime refugees from Europe include many children (571). In Palestine, they become 'Fighters for Democracy', learning to build and cook for themselves. Working in communities such as the Children's Villages, where they've their own farms, they support themselves and contribute to the nation's economic production (607). In these communities, too, they're at liberty to perform their own national songs and dances (628). The Jewish National Fund helps to support agricultural development (640). Every month, Hadassah headquarters in New York sends an average of 30 tons of supplies of clothing, drugs, etc. to Palestine (704). These supplies will encourage the people of Palestine to play their part in the War and to continue fighting for their rights (728 ft).



  • HEALTH FOR VICTORY (Alternative)

Technical Data

Running Time:
20 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
16mm Film
728 ft

Production Credits

Production Countries:
ROSE, David
Production Company
Zionist Federation