International Film Series: Haytarma
Directed by Akhtem Seitablaev Introduced by Dr. Benjamin Zajicek,Assistant Professor of History,Towson University
Haytarma tells the tragic, true story of the Sürgünlik, the 1944 forcible deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Stalin to other parts of the USSR. May 18, 2014 commemorates the 70th anniversary of one of the world's most frighteningly rapid and thorough ethnic cleanings. Over three days, the entire Crimean Tatar population of about 195,000 was relocated to Siberia, the Urals, and Central Asia. It has been estimated that 110,000 individuals died of hunger, exposure, and disease during transportation and the first year of resettlement. This "special operation" remains a controversial topic (as evidenced by the public outcry following Russian Consul Vladimir Andreyev's recent comments that Haytarma distorted the historical truth). Many Russians insist all Tatars betrayed the USSR by collaborating with the Nazis and thus were an enemy nation; the Tatars insist that such a sweeping (and false) accusation served as an excuse for culturally, religiously, geographically, and economically motivated genocide.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
Lane University Center, 111