JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Bessarabia SIG at Seattle Conference, summer 2016 #general

Yefim Kogan

Dear friend,

I am very much excited to join many of our researchers in Seattle.

There are changes in the schedule of Bessarabian topics:

Unfortunately Amy Wachs cancelled her lecture: "Jewish Life in the Republic
of Moldova: Past and Present (Thursday, August 11 at 3:00 PM-4:15 PM).

Instead of it we will have an after-film discussion.

The film "Absent" will be presented by writer and director Matthew
Mishory at our Bessarabia SIG Meeting >from 11:45-1:15pm. (Film is 72
minutes long!).

In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity.
Seventy-four years later, few speak clearly or honestly about what happened.
"Absent" is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Marculesti, its
current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship to their own
history. Working entirely on location, writer/director Matthew Mishory
documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places.
Produced by Sabin Dorohoi, Edward Singletary, Jr., and Randall Walk. A
Romania-Switzerland-US co-production.

This film helps us to understand why we need to preserve our Jewish Heritage
in Bessarabia, why we need to photograph tombstones, clean up the cemeteries.
For more information about the film, preview, press material, screening,
please see:

The after-film discussion will take place at 3:00-4:15pm, Thursday August 11
at Spruce Room. You will not find it in the program, because it is a last
minute change. Please make a note of it. We also going to talk about
Cemetery Restoration, the theme which is very much related to the film

See you soon at the conference in Seattle

The list of presentations may be viewed at our Bessarabia SIG websites at

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Coordinator

Bendery, Tarutino, Akkerman, Kiliya - all in Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in
Galatz, Romania, KOGAN in Dubossary, Moldova, SRULEVICH in Shanghai, China

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