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Film examines fate of prisoners after 1920 war

December 3, 2012

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee and the UW Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) are sponsoring a showing of “What Can Dead Prisoners Do?” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at The Marquee in Union South.

Photo: Anna Ferens


What happened to Russian prisoners of war in Polish camps after the war of 1920? This topic was never broached during the years of communism — neither in Poland, nor in the Soviet Union. 

It surfaced in the 1990s, after the Russian government admitted that Soviet secret police (NKVD) committed the mass murder in Katyn.

Soon thereafter Russian media started featuring articles about alleged mass deaths of Soviet captives in Polish camps.

Director Anna Ferens invited Russian, British and Polish historians to talk about the accusations.  The film is richly illustrated with historical photographs and film footage.

This free event, sponsored by the WUD Film Committee and CREECA, is intended for UW–Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.  Doors open 30 minutes early. Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, contact Bess Donoghue at 608-262-1143 or or visit here.

Tags: arts, film, history