Jeff Hoffman, of Marblehead, and Eugene Levin, of Dover, are currently filming “Baltic Truth,” a documentary, in Belarus. The film tells the story of Levin’s grandfather, Mozus Berkovitch, who was the lone survivor of the Latvian village, Aknista, in 1941.
For almost 30 years, the family of Mozus Berkovitch has been waging an uphill battle against the government in the country where he was born – the same country where he lost his entire family and everything they owned. In July of 1941, his community in the small shtetl of Akniste, Latvia, was murdered by its nationalist neighbors in a mass shooting. At the time, Berkovitch was away studying dentistry in Riga – leaving him the sole survivor. Today, national memorials to the murderers lie feet away from the graves of their victims. Despite ongoing attempts by Levin’s family to reclaim his property, Latvia’s government has resisted at every turn. Meanwhile, Levin continues to exhaust all avenues to see justice done for his grandfather, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 92.