Film Screening: “We Allow You to Die”: What Happened to the Jews of Odessa

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Date(s) - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington


200,000 Jews lived in Odessa before the war. Only half managed to leave before Germany’s Romanian allies entered parts of Soviet territories, including Odessa. The remaining Jews endured murderous round-ups in the initial days of the occupation. 40,000 Jews were murdered in Odessa and another 70,000 Jews were deported to camps and ghettos in Transnistria. The majority were murdered there or died of starvation. We Allow You to Die is the story of the starvation camp Pechora on the border between Transnistria and the German-occupied Vinnytsia district in Ukraine. A “model” camp that illustrates the murderous policy of the Romanians toward the Jews: death by starvation and disease. In Russian, Ukrainian and Hebrew, with English subtitles, 66 minutes.

Israeli filmmaker Boris Maftsir will be present to answer questions.

Part of a 3-part documentary screening series sponsored 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.

A desert reception sponsored by the Embassy of Israel will follow the screening.

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