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Biography of Sergey Bukovsky


Produced by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, made possible by a generous grant from Victor Pinchuk, and in continued partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Spell Your Name is a feature-length documentary about the Holocaust in Ukraine.

Ukrainian film director, Sergey Bukovsky crafted the film using Ukrainian and Russian-language testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute archive and new footage shot on location in Ukraine.

Director Sergey Bukovsky takes the viewer on a journey of discovery as he and several Ukrainian students absorb the testimony of local people who escaped brutal execution and those who rescued friends and neighbors during the Holocaust.

A collection of men and women share the details of their experiences, and we are afforded a glimpse of modern day Ukraine: the ethnic stereotypes that continue to exist and the manner in which Post-Soviet society is dealing with the question of how to memorialize the sites where tens of thousands of Jewish families and others were executed and thrown into mass graves.

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