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Vasili’s Crusade will be a 90 minutes feature length documentary.
It tells the extraordinary story of the life of war correspondent Vasili Grossman (Berdychev, Oekraïne 1905 – Moskou 1964).


The history of Grossman can be understood as a 20th century’s crusade. It is the story of Stalin, Hitler, anti-Semitism and the story of millions of victims. It is the real story about Vasili Grossman himself as an unique chronicler of his time. In a unique war correspondent point of view Vasili covered the most heaviest fights and major battles during the Second World War as a war correspondent and writer. He spent more than 1,000 days on the front. During this war and the post-war Soviet era, Grossmann reveals legendary war diaries, personal correspondence, articles and books. His impressive use of words, his depth of knowledge, his detailed writing and sense of nuances can been found in several controversial published books. His book ‘Life and Fate’ is one of the best books ever written about this period. The Battle of Stalingrad, was an important event in the young Grossmann’s life. The battle which eventually lead to the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.


His legendary war correspondent work includes reports on the Battle of Moscow, The battle of Stalingrad, the battle of Kursk, the liberation by the Red Army of the Nazi concentration camps Treblinka and Maidanek and the fall of Berlin. He was the unprecedented eyewitness to the horrors of the Second World War, as a reporter for the Red Star at the front and as a journalist for the newspaper of the Red Army in Moscow.


Vasili’s Cruisade is the first film which tells the story of the Second World War in the East through the eyes of this remarkable writer.


The documentary will be shot in Ukraine, Russia and Germany with extra interviews in Israel. To mark of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad in 2017, the film should be ready by then.


Vasili’s Crusade