Searching For The Unknown Holocaust / Boris Maftsir
The Holocaust on Soviet territory was largely unknown during the first decades after the war. For ideological and political reasons, the Soviet regime was reluctant to acknowledge the unique tragedy of the extermination of Jews by the Nazis. Only after the dissolution of the Soviet Union were the documentation and commemoration of the Holocaust victims on these territories made possible. In his project, entitled "Searching for the Unknown Holocaust", the filmmaker Boris Maftsir sets out on a journey never seen before on screen – a journey to restore the memory of a Holocaust that has been all but forgotten. In “The Guardians of Remembrance”, the first film of the project “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union”, Maftsir offers a comprehensive and accurate picture of the events of the Holocaust in Belarus. The film depicts both Jews and non-Jews, including local individuals striving for commemoration. “The Guardians of Remembrance” was filmed at the actual murder sites and precisely captures the sense of time and place of the tragic events.