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Uncle Chatzkel Film Australia and Robe Productions in association with SBS Independent ; written and directed by Rod Freedman


Using his skills as a linguist and lexicographer, Chatzkel Lemchen survived the Russian revolution, 2 world wars, the Holocaust, a communist regime and the transition of Lithuania from Soviet republic to an independent state. At 93, he still lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he is considered a national treasure because of the dictionaries he created to preserve the Lithuanian language during the Soviet era. His accounts of the turning points in his life combined with Russian and Lithuanian archival footage help us understand the past's relationship to the present through the life of an extraordinary individual.

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Brooklyn, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, 2000
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Record last modified: 2018-09-05 11:31:00
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