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16 Nov 2018

First film of Minsk Ghetto Chronicle trilogy screened in Tel Aviv

First film of Minsk Ghetto Chronicle trilogy screened in Tel Aviv

MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) - The first film of the Minsk Ghetto Chronicle trilogy was screened during a commemorative evening dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk Ghetto in Tel Aviv, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Israel.

The commemorative evening was organized by the Belarusian diplomatic mission, with the support of the Israeli Association of Immigrants from Belarus and the Russian cultural center in Tel Aviv.

The film is based on the unique documents and recollections of the witnesses. The documentary tells about the tragedy of the prisoners of the Jewish ghetto in Minsk, their resistance and the Belarusians - righteous people of the world who rescued Jews during the war risking their own lives. The filmmakers – scriptwriter Boris Gersten and producer Vladimir Bokun – addressed the audience with a recorded video.

In his address, Belarusian Ambassador Vladimir Skvortsov noted that the Minsk ghetto, in which about 100,000 Jews from Belarus and other European countries died, was the second largest in the occupied territory of the Soviet Union in the number of prisoners.

“One could hardly find a place in Europe with so many areas of mass extermination as in Belarus. The total number of such places were more than 260, including 70 death camps and Jewish ghettos. Hundreds of villages burnt together with their inhabitants in the occupied territory of Belarus was another manifestation of the horrendous Hitler's genocide that brought mankind to the brink of the abyss,” the diplomat said.

The Ambassador told the guests about the events held in the Belarusian capital to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto.

Former prisoner of the Minsk ghetto, Deputy Chairman of the All-Israeli Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors David Taubkin shared his memories with those present at the meeting.
Participants of the event got familiar with the exhibition prepared by the embassy using the materials from the Belarusian archives about the Minsk ghetto, the Trostenets death camp, the Righteous Among the Nations. The exhibition was held to honor the memory of the victims of World War Two in Belarus.

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