Event Detail

8
Apr
2024

Documentary Film Showing "Ya, Andrei Iwanowitsch: a Life" a film about one of the last survivors of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp

with Andrei Iwanowitsch, age 98, the subject of the film and Hannes Farlock, the film’s Director
Monday, 8 Apr 2024
Complimentary Free-Flow Fine Wines from 6:30 pm; Film showing at 7pm
The HK Management Association. Pico Tower, 66 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai

Andrei Iwanowitsch was born in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1926.  Having lost both of his parents in the early years of World War II, he became responsible for his family and siblings at just 14 years old. 

Alexander Bytschok and Andrei Iwanowitsch 70. anniversary of the liberation Buchenwald, April 2015 Press Alexander Bytschok and Andrei Iwanowitsch 70. anniversary of the liberation Buchenwald, April 2015 Press Photo: Chicago Tribune

However, when Andrei was 15 years old, he was deported by the SS became a forced labourer in Germany, and subsequently to a Gestapo prison in Leipzig, based on false accusations.  From there, without a trial, he was sent the Gestapo’s infamous Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.  He was one of the very few to survive and was liberated by US troops towards the conclusion of the war.

Being in what became East Germany, however, he was then forcibly drafted into the Red Army of the Soviet Union and assigned to a garrison in the town of Babruysk in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.  In summer 1945, he and other soldiers headed on a 1,400km long walk to get there. 

Andrei resides in Belarus to this day and is visiting Asia for a week.
 

Schedule:

6.30pm      Drinks Reception

7pm           Film Showing

8.15pm      Break and Further Drinks

8.30pm      Q&A with Andrei Iwanowitsch, the subject of the film, and Hannes Farlock, the Director
 

Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks. 

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