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Local WWII Documentary Path of the Past Announces Public Screenings

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ST. LOUIS - EntSun -- As we steadily lose members of the Greatest Generation, Path of the Past celebrates them and the sacrifices they made during World War II while also presenting a cautionary tale about the horrors of war.

Path of the Past tells the story of Sgt. Louis "Louch" Baczewski, who was part of a tank crew in the 3rd Armored Division (AD) that fought in all five major European campaigns, including the infamous Battle of the Bulge. The film focuses less on the American victory and more on the costs and European destruction of the war and is based on Lou Baczewski's book Louch. "If you want to know what war is really like, Louch is a must read," states retired 3 Star Lt. General Thomas Griffin: Former Commander of the 3rd AD.

A free screening of Path of the Past will be held at the Soldier's Memorial in St. Louis 11am December 17th, the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge. Additional screenings in 2020 include: Big Daddies in Soulard on January 16th 7pm (proceeds benefit HEROES Care) and the St. Louis Holocaust and Learning Center April 19th in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of German concentration camps.

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In June of 2015, Baczewski bicycled more than 700 kilometers of the path followed by his grandfather's armored division, which doggedly fought its way through Europe during WWII.  What he witnessed and recorded during the trip has been combined with audio recordings of tankers and actual stock footage from the actual 3rd Armored's battles to create Path of the Past.

The film premiered in Georgia at the Rome International Film Festival and has screened at The Central States Indy Fan Fest, Hollywood North Film Awards in Toronto, The St Louis Filmmaker's Showcase and the Polish International Film Festival.  Awards include Best Editing for an international documentary (HNFA/Toronto) and the award for Meritorious Service to the 3rd Armored Division Association of Veterans at their 2019 reunion where their president, retired Colonel Don Duckworth, openly stated he believes this story to be the true inspiration behind the 2014 movie Fury.

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The film is currently available on Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV and the web via Valorous TV as well as Vimeo. Additional digital platforms as well as DVD are planned for 2020.  To book a screening of the film for your group or organization, please email pathofthepast@gmail.com. More info at https://www.facebook.com/lousride/.

A portion of proceeds from Path of the Past benefit families dealing with deployment via the non-profit H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.

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