On the occasion of the GULAG Memorial Year, the VERITAS Research Institute for History and Tabán Artmozi (Art Films) are together hosting a number of film nights related to the GULAG. The series runs from March 3rd to May 5th, 2016, at the Tabán Cinema.
Moviegoers will have the opportunity to watch excerpts from Sándor Sára’s taboo-defying documentaries, listening to poignant testimony from those who spent time in the hell that was the GULAG. We can only guess at the number of Hungarians sent to the Soviet prison camps. For many years no one could talk publicly about the fate of these men and women. In his Hardtimers – Hungarians in the GULAG documentary series, Sándor Sára has sat down with fourteen survivors to talk about their years in the GULAG.
For the second showing, the fifth installment (2004) of the Hardtimers documentary series is scheduled. Károly Oloffson, who is also known as Father Placid, was sentenced to hard labor for the distribution of anti-Bolshevik propaganda, committing acts of terrorism and conspiracy. He came to realize soon after arriving to the GULAG that he had a mission. He took it upon himself to lift the spirits of his fellow prisoners, believing it was his responsibility to ensure that the prisoners who would eventually return to Hungary did so as spiritually and emotionally healthy human beings and not as human shells. With sarcastic wit, Father Placid recalls the trials and tribulations of camp life. He knew that in addition to the strength his priestly vocation provided, the power of humor would also play a role in keeping him and his fellow prisoners alive.
The host of the evening will be historian Kálmán Árpád Kovács, Research Fellow at the VERITAS Institute. There is no entry fee. Tickets may be picked up at the Tabán box office (1016 Budapest, Krisztina krt. 87-89).