Leeronne Tamir, Field Producer

   With an impressive record and wide range of experience, Leeronne has produced TV shows, film

   and image movies for large companies.

  Rotem Yaron, Director of Photography

   Experienced in both Directing and Directing Photography. His work includes directing and/ or shooting

   for films, short films, documentaries, TV productions, commercials & TV promos and music videos.

  Roger Goldberg, Assistant Producer

  A graduate of Brandeis University and holds graduate degrees in both psychology and graphic 

  design.  He enjoys traveling and has lived and studied in Venezuela, Holland, Israel, and the Czech 

  Republic.  After graduating from Brandeis, Roger received scholarships from the German Academic

  Exchange Service, Brandeis University, and the German run Future Foundation for a year-long

  academic stay in Berlin, Germany.  During this time he worked as an intern at the Berlin Center for the

  Treatment of Torture Victims, and had several articles about his experiences published in the Humboldt

  University Press and various Jewish newspapers in the United States.  Roger is currently based in New

  York City.


Jared Seltzer, Director of Photography

Nurit Jugend, Director and Project Producer

They Played For Their Lives is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission to educate

future generations about the Holocaust and strive for more tolerance and acceptance

among people worldwide. The film aims to keep the conversation about the Holocaust alive.

Though countless lives, cultures and nations may be destroyed through trauma and genocide,

their legacies live on in songs, compositions, musical instruments and those who survived.

With this film I would like to honor the memory of those persecuted and acknowledge their

legacy. I would like to send the message that music is a universal language, which speaks to all

mankind. It is one of the more powerful resources available to us all; it can offer people a temporary relief while physically being in horrific circumstances, and has the ability to empower the inherent resilience we as human beings have within ourselves. Music has the power to unite people regardless of faith or religion. It can be utilized to embolden people for tolerance and acceptance of one another.

Dr. Nurit Jugend is a composer, lecturer and music teacher. She gives music appreciation classes at seminars, conferences, special events, and teaches regularly at the Stanford Continuing Education Program at Stanford University. Her works are played by leading performers and conductors.

  Aaron I. Butler, Producer & Editor

  Aaron I. Butler is an Emmy winning and Eddie nominated editor and producer. His previous projects

  include the HBO documentary feature Cries From Syria which premiered at the Sundance Film

  Festival, the Emmy winning documentary Out Of Iraq, the Emmy nominated documentary series The

  Sixties, the IDA award winning Showtime documentary series Time Of Death, the Emmy and Eddie   

  nominated HBO documentary American Winter, and the Emmy nominated documentary series The

  Rise And Fall of Jim Crow. His feature work includes In Dubious Battle which premiered at the Venice

  Film Festival and was directed by James Franco, and I Am Michael which premiered at the Sundance

  Film Festival and was executive produced by Gus Van Sant.


Kitty Norton

Kitty Norton is embarking on her post production career by tackling every position; production assistant, logger, transcriber, and editor (most notable to date, "Gag Reel" and "Creature Feature" for Season 2 Box Set of NBC's Grimm).

Our team

  Ari Binus, Illustrator

  A freelance illustrator and creative consultant. Ari has illustrated five children's books, including

  The Littlest Tree and King David & Akavish The Spider, both written by Sylvia Rouss, and Hayyim's

  Ghost, written by Eric Kimmel. Ari uses traditional and digital media, and aims to create pieces

  that impart a sense of drama and emotion. www.aribinus.com.

Tamar Ish-Shalom, Director of Photography Tamar is senior anchorwoman for  channel 10 news TV in Israel.

A film by Nurit Jugend

Produced & co-directed by Aaron I. Butler

Illustrations by Ari Binus