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Shoah
     

Shoah

by Claude Lanzmann
 

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A nine-and-a-half-hour documentary on the Nazi extermination camps, Shoah (the Hebrew word for "Holocaust") was internationally hailed as a masterpiece upon its release in 1985. Shunning any re-creation, archival footage, or visual documentation of the events, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann relied on the words of witnesses—Jewish, Polish, and German—to

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A nine-and-a-half-hour documentary on the Nazi extermination camps, Shoah (the Hebrew word for "Holocaust") was internationally hailed as a masterpiece upon its release in 1985. Shunning any re-creation, archival footage, or visual documentation of the events, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann relied on the words of witnesses—Jewish, Polish, and German—to describe in ruthless detail the bureaucratic machinery of the Final Solution, so that the remote experiences of the Holocaust became fresh and immediate. This book presents in an accessible and vivid format the testimony of survivors, participants, witnesses, and scholars. This tenth anniversary edition, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of the camps, is newly revised and corrected in order to more accurately present the actual testimony of those interviewed. Shoah is an unparalleled oral history of the Holocaust, an intensely readable journey through the twentieth century's greatest horror.

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Library Journal
The complete textspoken words and subtitlesof a recent documentary film on the Holocaust by French journalist and director Lanzmann is presented here in an unusual but grimly effective format. Doubtless seeing the film would be a vastly different experience, but the text carries a relentless strength and coherence of its own. Excerpts from interviews with a couple of dozen Jewish survivors, German officials and guards, Polish villagers and railway men, and contemporary historians in the United States, Israel, Germany, and Poland are juxtaposed, following the pattern of the film's scenes. The re sult is a powerful and unique impres sion of the Jewish tragedy drawn from the composite viewpoints of these radi cally different participants and observ ers. Highly recommended. James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306806650
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Edition description:
1st Da Capo Press ed
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,362,393
Product dimensions:
0.46(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

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Claude Lanzmann is one of the premier documentary filmmakers of our time. His most recent work is Tsahal, which focuses on the Israeli army.

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