History of the siege of Leningrad in 42 relived through exhuma­tions from the swamps.
Events near Myasnoi Bor in Russia, about 100 km south east of St. Peters­burg, were for years a black page in the history of Russia. In the marshes around the village are the corpses of about ten thou­sand soldiers. A legacy of World War II, when in 1942 General Vlasov ordered his men to end the German siege of Leningrad and he defected to the enemy. The soldiers died in the marshes and were labelled an army of trai­tors’. Now, fifty-five years later another truth is emerging. Most soldiers fought to the death for their father­land. Engelen des doods (Angels of Death) shows how rela­tives pay homage to their ances­tors. Looking for notes, poems and other personal posses­sions, they dig every year in the deso­late region to bring a hidden history to the surface.

Credits

Director
Scenario
Set geluid
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV

Title: Engelen des doods
Year: 1997
Duration : 57 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 1998

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Korte Documentaire (1998)
Leo de Boer

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