6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Guardians of Remembrance: Memory of the Holocaust in the Post-Soviet Space

A Film Screening and Conversation Series with Israeli documentary director Boris Maftsir, creator of the Searching for the Unknown Holocaust film series, October 17-19, 2017. This is part of a 3-part film screening and conversation series. For information about the entire series, please see here 

Nearly 2.7 million of the 6 million Holocaust victims were murdered in the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union. For ideological purposes, the Soviets nearly erased that part of the history of the Holocaust, leaving us with a picture that remains incomplete to this day. Maftsir will show episodes from several films, interspersing them with discussion of how Holocaust is remembered in the region and how memory issues play out in contemporary politics as these countries continue to review and revise their histories.

Boris Maftsir, the Israeli documentary filmmaker, who traveled to hundreds of Holocaust sites in the former Soviet Union interviewing witnesses, survivors, and memory activists for his 8-part documentary series, will be present at the screening to answer questions. 

Vadim Altskan, Senior Project Director of International Archival Programs at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum will also be present as a discussant.

The screening is organized by the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center with support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Embassy of Israel in the United States, Program in Judaic Studies at the George Washington University, the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University, and the Bender Jewish Community of Greater Washington.


  • Boris Maftsir

    Documentary Filmmaker
  • Vadim Altskan

    Senior Project Director, International Archival Programs, the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum