|Documentary by Ron Vossler premieres July 26|
A new documentary film, written and narrated by English senior lecturer Ron Vossler, will have its television premiere on Prairie Public Television Wednesday, July 26, at 9:30 p.m. The 30-minute film, "We'll Meet Again in Heaven," based on Vossler's book of the same title, chronicles a forgotten genocide and a lost people.
The lost people are the ethnic German minority in Soviet Ukraine who wrote their Dakota relatives on the prairie. Excerpts of their letters are included in the film, which shows the 10 year odyssey -- the forgotten genocide -- of forced labor, starvation, and executions during Stalin's collectivization period, which began in 1928.
Vossler's film, the most recent in a highly praised and widely-aired series that has received national and international awards, draws upon 10 years of his research.
Included in the film are compelling survivor interviews; wrenching personal letters, brought to public attention for the first time; original music; and colorful art work from both Ukrainian and ethnic German sources.
The film was produced by Roadshow Productions, Fargo; executive producers are Michael Miller and Bob Dambach. The film was funded by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries. Copies of the DVD are available at http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/grhc/order. -- Ronald Vossler, Senior Lecturer, English, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-779-6835.