The Unvanquished

A rarely-screened landmark film that was not just the first Soviet film that portrayed the mass murder of the Jewish people it was one of the first Holocaust films worldwide. It remains one of the rare films that portray “Holocaust by bullets,” mass executions that killed millions of Soviet Jews even before the death camps. The execution scene was filmed on location in Babi Yar in Kiev, a place which came to symbolize the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. The Unvanquished introduced a number of motifs that appear in later international films: a hidden Jewish child, a character of a righteous gentile, and a tragic procession of Jews being marched towards their death. Made by the famous Soviet director Marc Donskoy (The Childhood of Maxim Gorky) and starring the great Soviet- Yiddish actor Veniamin Zuskin.

90 minutes
Mark Donskoy

Shown at

  1. 22nd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2014

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