"I remain one of the last surviving members of the team, which, together with Mikhail Romm was filming" Ordinary Fascism. "I am grateful for the film and I am sure that Michael ilich would fan of his."
said on June 22 premiere in the cinema "October"
The memory of the Holocaust is a reminder of the collapse of civilization. However, a critical look at the past makes us feel skeptical about the present. It is far easier just to forget about things. Therefore, it was stated in “Holocaust - is it wallpaper paste?” and the press-conference for this film that few people know about the Holocaust in Russia today. All you need to do is to switch on the television to see that”.
“Kommersant”, Alexey Mokrousov
There are people in Russia who do not know anything about the Holocaust. It is a well-known but sad fact. However, the film does not ask why. The director just states this fact but does not dig deeper. This is obviously an opinion. Perhaps there is no need to dig deeper. The footage of Auschwitz tells us all.
Ridus.ru, Maksim Markov
It is not about the Karatygin sisters, who know everything now about the Holocaust. It is about millions of people who do not. They do not know about World War II, the Great Patriotic War, Stalin’s repression and terror, famine, concentration camps.
Jewish.ru, Alina Rebel
Before leaving Krakow, I (Mumin Shakirov) asked Ksenia and Yevgenia if they were going to share what they saw with their friends and peers. Ksenia thought a little and said that very few people from their circles are interested in what happened seventy years ago. If they ask, then we will tell them everything in great detail but we will not impose on them.” Yevgenia agreed by nodding.
One should draw wrong conclusions from wrong ideas. This is what we are doing. The country is now divided in those who remember things and those who never knew. And many of them do not even want to know. This division is terrifying and irreversible. We proudly call ourselves “Russian Federation” where two different peoples live, two generations who never cross each other’s paths and never notice anything around them. They are unlikely to come together.
During the discussion of the film, Firm Director Mumin Shakirov mentioned that after their return, the sisters did not tell their friends about what they saw: photographs of terrified faces, abused bodies and corpses, mountains of shoes. Who to tell all this?
Culture.ru, Daria Khrenova
Journalist and film director Mumin Shakirov was not angered by the response given by the sisters, unlike members of the public (for the the Holocaust is wallpaper paste answer at the TV show) when he came up with the idea to buy them train tickets to Warsaw but rather understood their ignorance. Traveling with them to Auschwitz, not far from the capital of Poland, he wanted them to see and experience the truth about Holocaust. He wanted to film their reaction and show the contrast from their original answer.
A great idea that couldn't fail, that two joyfully oblivious girls who understand so little about the world, turn up in Auschwitz and instantly age 70 years. The mental image created by “Work sets you free” written on the camp’s gate, photographs of the tortured people, skinny skeletons without any flesh and pictures of naked corpses not wearing any clothes, create the feeling that there is no hope. Even a cruel animal would have tears in its eyes seeing these horrors and would feel compassion.
“Moskovsky Komsomolets” daily, Moscow