“When heroes are killers, truth becomes the enemy.”
REWRITING HISTORY is a contemporary political story that follows academic and filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe and Professor of Yiddish Dovid Katz, as they take on the Lithuanian government to try and prevent an inconvenient WWII historical truth from being obliterated.
REWRITING HISTORY examines a new and potentially more dangerous form of Holocaust Revisionism that is gaining a foothold in Europe.
REWRITING HISTORY is a story on the frontline of the battle for the memory of the Holocaust in contemporary Europe. The film is an indictment of a process that has parallels in other countries in Eastern Europe including Hungary and Ukraine with vast implications for the future of European democracy.
REWRITING HISTORY had a prime time premiere on SBS TV and has had special screenings across the globe include George Washington University and the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum. The film triggered the Seventy Years Declaration campaign against double genocide that was launched in the European Parliament.
The film is a coproduction between Identity Films and Tattooed Media.
Rewriting History was made in 2012 and warned that unless it was stopped it would proliferate. Sadly this has happened. The film has been updated to reflect this and released online in 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the June 1941 events it portrays. Watch it here.
28 June – 3 May 2012, Classic Cinema Melbourne, Australia
University, Museums and Community Screenings
14 May, 20 May, 3 June, 15 July 2012, The Sydney Jewish Museum, Australia
16 April 2013, George Washington University, in conjunction with the Washington DC Jewish Community Centre, Washington DC, USA
Jewish Eye Film Festival, Israel, October 2013
Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014
Screening followed by a panel discussion that will include the film’s co-producer/co-director Danny Ben-Moshe; Warren L. Miller, former U.S. Presidental appointee as Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad implementing Holocaust memorials throughout Europe; Michael J. Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education at The George Washington University; Rolandas Kacinskas, Minister for Political and Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington, DC; and Walter Reich, the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor at The George Washington University and former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
18 April 2013, Jay Ipson Holocaust Lecture Series, Byrd Theatre, Richmond, Virginia
28 May 2013 American Jewish University, Los Angeles Holocaust Museum and the Survivor Mitzvah Project, Los Angeles
10 June 2013, Limmud Oz, Sydney, Australia,
July 2013, 16 simultaneous screenings held by United Synagogue across the UK to coincide with Tisha B’av, the traditional Jewish day of mourning
22 December 2013, Limud UK
23 May 2014, Council of Christians and Jews, Melbourne
DVD’s of Rewriting History are available for purchase:
$25 for private use
$75 for institutional use.
$25 Study guide available for schools. The study guide has been developed for Australian Teachers of Media and aimed and middle and high school levels with relevance to general subject areas and specific topics, including English, Media and Film studies, History, Politics, Holocaust and Genocide studies, International Relations, and Philosophy and Ethics.
"This is one of those documentaries that is so compelling and so confronting it leaves you stunned, a little breathless"-The Australian, 14 September 2012
-The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 September 2012
“When heroes are killers, truth becomes the enemy.”
REWRITING HISTORY is a David vs. Goliath tale that bears testament to the power of conviction and taking action in the face of insurmountable odds, as two unlikely heroes decide to stand in the way of the Lithuanian Government’s campaign to rewrite the history of the Holocaust.
REWRITING HISTORY is a story of Orwellian dimensions in which victims are turned into persecutors and villains into heroes as the Lithuanian Government collaborate with other East and central European governments by removing an inconvenient World War II history from the annals of the European Union.
REWRITING HISTORY examines a new and potentially more dangerous form of Holocaust Revisionism that is gaining a foothold in Europe. It is a provocative film that explores the efforts of right-wing Lithuanian historians and their political supporters both inside and outside of government to:
Rewrite the history of the Holocaust,
Obscure the role of Lithuanians in killing their own Jewish citizens,
Equate the crimes of Communism with the systematic murderous campaign of Nazi Germany, promote the false notion of “Double genocide” – Nazi genocide is “equivalent” to Soviet genocide, and
Accuse Holocaust survivors who joined Soviet partisans fighting the Nazis in order to escape death, of war crimes.
REWRITING HISTORY is a contemporary political story that follows academic and filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe and Professor of Yiddish Dovid Katz, as they take on the Lithuanian government to try and prevent an inconvenient WWII historical truth from being obliterated – that Jews were killed by Lithuanians independent of the Nazis. It’s a journey that takes them from the old Jewish villages of Lithuania to the European Parliament as they stand up for historical truth.
The personal stakes for Ben-Moshe and Katz are high. In their quest, the pair risks
breaking a newly passed Lithuanian law designed to prevent any questioning of the
Double Genocide campaign. In doing so, the two academics put their reputations and
livelihoods on the line and risk criminal prosecution in the pursuit of truth and justice.
REWRITING HISTORY is a story about discovering the past and recognising that the way it is remembered in the present, shapes the future. It is a story about the frontline of the battle for the memory of the Holocaust in contemporary Europe. The film is an indictment of a process that has parallels in other countries in Eastern Europe including Hungary and Ukraine, that threaten to revise, trivialize and minimize the Holocaust.
In an economically vulnerable Europe, where the rise of ultra-nationalism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism is a sobering reminder of the socio-economic fabric that gave rise to World War II, the campaign by right wing Europeans, spearheaded by the Lithuanians, to change Holocaust memory is gaining traction. The European Union Parliament has passed a resolution that calls for the introduction of a
single day that commemorates both the victims of Nazism and Stalinism as equal
crimes – a policy dubbed as “Double Genocide” which would effectively remove
Holocaust Remembrance Day from the European calendar.
Lithuania, a major pre-WWII Jewish centre, was once known as “Jerusalem of the East”. Yet more of the country’s Jews, about 96%, died than in any other country, and their mass murder began in 1941 before the Final Solution and before Nazi occupation and control of the country. Today, Lithuania is a laboratory for the rewriting of the History of World War II, with vast implications for the future of European democracy. What happens there may foretell what occurs throughout Europe.