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Yalta's Last Secret

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At the end of WWII, the allies handed over two million Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic nationals to the Soviets. It was part of a secret pact signed between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin when the “big three” met in Crimea in February 1945 at the Yalta conference. Their agreement was kept undisclosed – until the “repatriated” (those who had not been executed) were shipped to labor camps in Siberia. There they shared their story with fellow prisoner and Russian author Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, who revealed their tragic fate in The Gulag Archipelago.

Yalta’s Last Secret reopens this silent page in history to reveal a poignant human tale of courage and resistance, as it traces the major political events that took place between 1944 and 1947 from the point of view of these survivors whose fate was kept silent for so long. Along the way, the film highlights the courage of other players involved, like Liechtenstein – the smallest country in Europe and the only one to stand up to the Soviet Union by refusing to turn over its 500 Baltic refugees, and General Holmston-Smislowsky, a colorful character who fought for years to send these asylum seekers to safety in Argentina, where the remaining survivors and their descendants live and speak today.

Factual > History

Theme(s):
History
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
MC4 / France 5 / AB / TSR
Director(s):
Nicolas Jallot
Year:
2013
Versions:
French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
Worldwide

Synopsis