Documenting the Holocaust

To our Keidaner friends,

We were recently contacted by Israeli filmmaker Boris Maftsir, best known for his documentaries about the Holocaust. Maftsir’s film project called  “Searching for the Unknown Holocaust” includes documentaries on the experience in Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and Moldova. Maftsir aims to further explore the Holocaust in Lithuania, particularly in its smaller towns and shtetlech, possibly including Keidan. He has already received partial funding, but needs additional help to cover the cost of travel, research and preparation of the scenario.

Maftsir maintains that while the Holocaust in Central and Western Europe has been well researched and explained in numerous books and films, the experience within the former Soviet Union was for many years suppressed by that country’s government. His project, which brings some balance to public understanding of the Holocaust, is especially important now because it’s still possible to meet and interview those eyewitnesses who remain.

In our recent discussion, Maftsir was impressed with the amount of material we have collected about Keidan, and indicated he may include it among the Lithuanian towns described in this movie. For this reason, we think Keidaners may want to help him with donations of whatever size, which may be sent via the Israeli bank shown here:

Details of account for receiving payments from a bank in Israel or abroad

Contributors will receive receipts acknowledging their donations.

With best regards,
Aryeh Leonard Shcherbakov
Association of the Keidan Jews in Israel

About Andrew

Retired journalist, Keidan descendent.
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