Spielberg, Pinchuk make Ukrainian Holocaust film

by Yulianna Vilkos, Kyiv Post Staff Writer
Apr 06 2006, 00:23
The U.S. based Shoah Foundation and Ukrainian tycoon Viktor Pinchuk team up to make a documentary film about Babi Yar and the Holocaust on location in Ukraine
© Joseph Sywenkij

Ukrainian film director Serhiy Bukovsky, who is filming a U.S.-Ukrainian documentary on Ukraine’s Holocaust on location, which will premier on the 65th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, edits the film at a studio in Kyiv

Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education has joined forces with Ukrainian tycoon and outgoing lawmaker Viktor Pinchuk to make what they hope will be “an exceptionally powerful and emotionalâ€? documentary on the Holocaust in Ukraine.

The premiere of the film is scheduled for this September, to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the massacre at Babi Yar, a large ravine near Kyiv, where approximately 34,000 Jews were murdered by the German SS over the course of two days, beginning on Sept. 28, 1941. Uncovered at this site was a mass grave, where 100,000 Jews and others were killed by the Nazis from 1941 to 1943.

The film will draw primarily on video testimonies of Ukrainian Holocaust survivors found in the digital archives of the Shoah Foundation.

“The documentary will address the tragedy of Babi Yar and the larger history of the Holocaust in Ukraine,â€? said Douglas Greenberg, chief executive of the Los Angeles-based Shoah Foundation, at a private meeting with Ukrainian journalists during his visit to Ukraine on March 28.