Film Claude Lanzmann's "Shoah"

Shoah © Criterion

Mon, 01/27/2020

Wasserman Cinematheque

Brandeis University
415 South Street,

Worldwide Screening

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2020 the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University, the National Center for Jewish Film and the Goethe-Institut will host the Boston area screening of the Goethe Institut's worldwide screenings of Claude Lanzmann's "Shoah." This is a rare opportunity to see the film in its entirety (9.5 hours).

10:00 am – 12:30 noon
12:30 noon -1:00 pm: break
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm- 3:15pm: break
3:15 pm- 5:45 pm
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm: break
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
9:00 pm: Post-screening discussion
The worldwide screening of Shoah marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. January 27 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust was introduced by the United Nations in 2005. The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was the largest German extermination camp during National Socialism. About 1.1 million people were murdered there. A total of over 5.6 million people fell victim to the Holocaust.
The international literature festival berlin [ilb] invites individuals, schools, universities, the media, and cultural institutions to participate in a worldwide film screening of Shoah by Claude Lanzmann on January 27, 2020. In the 9½-hour film, both surviving victims and perpetrators of the systematic extermination of Jews by the German Reich have a chance to speak.

Claude Lanzmann © Criterion Claude Lanzmann (1925–2018) was one of the great French filmmakers and intellectuals. As a teenager he experienced the invasion of German troops into France. In 1943 grammar-school student Lanzmann joined the resistance in Clermont-Ferrand and went underground to fight the Nazis. After the war, he completed studies in philosophy, earning his doctorate in 1947, and subsequently took a position as a lecturer at Berlin Free University in 1948/49. In 1953 Lanzmann, who belonged to Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir’s circle, became a permanent collaborator on the legendary political and literary journal Les Temps Modernes. In 1970 he made his first forays into the world of filmmaking, which also document his political engagement against French policies in Algeria. In his 1973 film Pourquoi Israel?, Lanzmann explored his own Jewish identity. He began work on Shoah the following year. Lanzmann worked on the film for eleven years, from 1974–1985. The Berlinale awarded the director the Honorary Golden Bear for his life’s work in 2013.
Directed by Claude Lanzmann
Blu Ray, 9h 26 min
France 1974 – 1985