Documentary filmmaker Saulius Beržinis was recently presented with a B’nai B’rith Australia New Zealand (BBANZ) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the body of research, study, and documentation of Lithuania’s Jewish population during the Holocaust.
Beržinis founded Film Studio KOPA in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1991. It is responsible for generating more than 80 documentary films, TV programs and international co-productions in partnership with producers around the globe.
His commitment to revealing and disseminating the truth about the atrocities visited upon Lithuania’s Jewish communities in the days before Nazi occupation, and the identities of the local Lithuanian perpetrators, has been invaluable in preserving the integrity and accuracy of European history.
“We are deeply honoured to recognise Mr Beržinis for his extraordinary efforts in preserving the memory and legacy of Lithuanian Jewry and uncovering the whole truth about its annihilation,” Dr Benny Monheit, president of BBANZ, said. “His work stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of those who endured unimaginable suffering during the Holocaust.”
BBANZ is deeply concerned that Beržinis’ latest work, Petrified Time, on the atrocities committed in Sheduva, Lithuania, has been decommissioned and blocked from international release.
The film contains crucial information from Lithuanian eyewitnesses and plays a key role in preserving historical accuracy for the sake of future generations. BBANZ is calling for the unblocking of the film and urges Lithuanian authorities to enable international dissemination in the name of historical truth.