On May 2, 2014, more than 40 anti-fascist protesters were murdered by right-wing extremists during an arson attack on the Trade Union House in the center of the city of Odessa. Many were killed after they had escaped from the burning building. The protesters had taken refuge in the building after their protest camp came under attack by gangs of vigilante extremists. Many of the vigilantes had come into the city that weekend expressly to assert the authority of the new government of neo-conservatives and extreme, right-wing nationalists that came into power in Kyiv two months earlier on the crest of the violent, ‘Euromaidan’ street riots.
Wildfire: The Odessa atrocities of May 2, 2014 interviews eyewitnesses of the attack and relatives of the victims. It explains that antifascist protesters are today in detention facing crimial charges or under house arrest, while the perpetrators of the arson attack and murders have successfully evaded justice.
This documentary film examines a key event at the beginning of the civil war in Ukraine and documents a city torn apart as a result of the tragedy of May 2, 2014. More information on the film is available at: http://www.lauffeuer-film.de. You can donate to help cover production costs at: http://betterplace.org/de/projects/21584. Watch the film by clicking on this screen:
Ulrich Heyden is a German journalist and author. Since 1992, he has been a freelance correspondent in Moscow for German media, including for Telepolis. He is a co-producer of the 45-minute documentary film (sub-titled in English) Wildfire: The Odessa atrocities of May 2, 2014, released in February 2015. The film documents the arson attack on the Trade Union House in Odessa which left 48 people dead on that day. The victims were protesting the coup of February 2014 which brought a right-wing, ultra-nationalist government to power in Kyiv. Ulrich Heyden’s new book was published in May 2015 (in German): War of the oligarchs: The tug of war over Ukraine, published by PapyRossa.