A Victim of Pawns

A Victim of Pawns

March 1943. The Germans announce they have found the bodies of thousands of Polish officers killed by the Russians near Katyn in 1940. The Soviet Union denies the accusations, claiming that the murders were committed by the Germans in the autumn of 1941 when they occupied those territories. The United Kingdom and the United States of America firmly back their ally in the war. The Nazis establish an international committee, including several forensic experts. The pathoanatomist Dr. Marko Markov is sent as a Bulgarian representative in the committee. The final report by the committee establishes that the mass murders in Katyn were committed in 1940. In the autumn of 1944, Marko Markov was arrested and accused by the People’s Court of conspiring with the Nazis because of his participation in the Katyn Committee. Instead of receiving harsh punishment, surprisingly he is released, and all charges are dropped.
It turns out he is more valuable to the new government alive. Dr. Markov is called in as a witness in the Soviet accusations during the Nuremberg trials, where he announces that the Katyn massacre was committed by the Germans in 1941.

Directed and Written by Asen Vladimirov

Assistant Director Maya Zaharieva
Director of Photography and Editing Stefan Boyadzhiev
Sound Tsvetelina Tsvetkova
Producer Asen Vladimirov