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Because of Stalin  5640

Release date: (pending)
Running time:110 (1h50’)
Age restriction:13 P SV V

Personal story of tragic losses in the gulag camps. Escapes, deceit and journey to freedom. Survivor testimony 1939-1947.

Mordechai Perlov (93 year old living in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a Lithuanian Jew who was deported 14 June 1941 from Raseiniai, Lithuania, to Ust'-Lokchim in the Komi Republic (USSR), by the NKVD.

Mordechai, his family and other Lithuanians who were considered as enemies of the Soviet state were taken as prisoners to chop trees in various labour camps in the Komi Republic. The living conditions there were inhumane, with temperatures in winter dropping to minus 40 degrees. He was 15 years old at the time and decided that he would rather "escape this hell, than to die."

Mordechai tells the story of his journey and his attempts to reunite his family, his steps and his resilience to get back a life. This took him through Northern USSR, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Cyprus, Israel and eventually South Africa, where he became a successful businessman.

The story of Mordechai Perlov is a story of the tragic violation of innocent people's human rights under the communist regime of Stalin, and is an example to us of a man who found meaning and purpose in life despite near indescribable hardships and trauma.

Genre: Biopic, Documentary
Cast: Mordechai Perlov
Directed by: Jonathan Andrews
Language: English
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