Holocaust Museum Houston Presents "The Fate of a Man"

HOUSTON, TX (May 17, 2005) - Holocaust Museum Houston will present a free screening of the award-winning Russian film "The Fate of a Man," based on a story by Nobel Prize-winner Mikhail Sholokov, on Thursday, June 9, with advance remarks by Nikolay N. Platoshkin, senior consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston.

The screening, offered in conjunction with the Houston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Museum, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston's Museum District.

Directed by and starring Sergei Bondarchuk, the film is an emotional story about an escaped prisoner of war who tries to make a new beginning with an orphaned boy during World War II. Based on a story written by Sholokov, the film version won the grand prize at the 1959 Moscow International Film Festival.

The movie is being shown as part of the consulate's "Year in Russia" programming, and Platoshkin will provide introductory remarks.

A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Platoshkin himself is the author of two books in Russian on German and Spanish history. He began his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia in 1987. From 1987 to 1992, he served as an attaché at the Russian embassy in Germany. From 1992 to 1995, he worked at the 4th European Directorate of the ministry, and in 1995 became first secretary at the Russian embassy in Berlin, where he headed its political desk. In 1998, he became head of the Armenian section at the ministry and became deputy consul general of the Russian Federation in Houston in May 2004.

Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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