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Until The Last Step

Directed by: Boris Maftsir
98 Minutes, 2016

The uprisings in Lachva and in other ghettos and shtetls surprised the Nazis. Towards the end of winter 1941-42 almost all of the campaigns of the murder of the Jews in Eastern Belarus were already complete. Yet in many places in western Belarus, there were still ghettos.

This film describes only some of the events of the Holocaust in Belarus between summer 1942 and until the destruction of the ghettos in the fall of 1943.

In contemporary Lachva one can still find evidence and memorials to the events. In a shady spot in the center of town is a memorial stone for the murdered of the ghetto – uncharacteristically dedicated with the language of honor and glory. This memorial was erected to memorialize the uprising in the Lachva ghetto, which was one of the first such uprisings against the German invader. The rebels had not chance. They knew their fate was doomed, but they chose how to die.


Director: Boris Maftsir

Producer: Zvi Shefy