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Shoah -- An epic documentary on the Holocaust featuring interviews with survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators in 14 countries.

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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Simon Srebnik ... Himself
Michael Podchlebnik ... Himself (as Michaël Podchlebnik)
Motke Zaïdl ... Himself
Hanna Zaïdl ... Herself
Jan Piwonski ... Himself
Itzhak Dugin ... Himself
Richard Glazar ... Himself (as Richard Glazer)
Paula Biren ... Herself
Helena Pietyra ... Herself (as Pana Pietyra)
Pan Filipowicz ... Himself
Pan Falborski ... Himself
Abraham Bomba ... Himself
Czeslaw Borowi ... Himself
Henrik Gawkowski ... Himself
Rudolf Vrba ... Himself
Inge Deutschkron ... Herself
Franz Suchomel ... Himself
Filip Müller ... Himself
Joseph Oberhauser ... Himself
Alfred Spiess ... Himself (as Anton Spiess)
Raul Hilberg ... Himself
Franz Schalling ... Himself (as Franz Schaliing)
Martha Michelsohn ... Herself
Moshe Mordo ... Himself
Armando Aaron ... Himself
Walter Stier ... Himself
Ruth Elias ... Herself
Jan Karski ... Himself
Franz Grassler ... Himself
Gertude Schneider ... Herself
Itzhak Zuckermann ... Himself

Claude Lanzmann ... Himself - Interviewer
Simha Rotem ... Himself (as Simha Rottem)
Francine Kaufmann ... Herself - Interpreter: Hebrew
Barbara Janicka ... Herself - Interpreter: Polish (as Barbra Janica)
Mrs. Apfelbaum ... Herself - Interpreter: Yiddish (as Mrs. Apflebaum)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Hirschhorn ... Herself - Gertrude Schneider's mother

Directed by
Claude Lanzmann 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Lanzmann 

Cinematography by
Dominique Chapuis 
Jimmy Glasberg 
Phil Gries (documentary segments)
William Lubtchansky 
 
Film Editing by
Ziva Postec 
Anna Ruiz (for one of the Treblinka sequences)
 
Production Management
Séverine Olivier-Lacamp .... production manager
Stella Quef .... production manager (as Stella Gregozz-Quef)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Aubouy .... sound engineer
Danielle Fillios .... sound editor
Anne-Marie Lhote .... sound editor (as Anne-Marie L'Hôte)
Michel Vionnet .... sound engineer
 
Visual Effects by
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bernard .... gaffer
Caroline Champetier .... assistant camera (as Caroline Champetier de Ribes)
Jean-Yves Escoffier .... assistant camera
Slavek Olczyk .... assistant camera
Andrés Silvart .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Geneviève de Gouvion Saint-Cyr .... assistant editor
Bénédicte Mallet .... assistant editor
Yael Perlov .... assistant editor
Christine Simonot .... assistant editor
Catherine Trouillet .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Mrs. Apfelbaum .... interpreter: Yiddish (as Mrs. Apflebaum)
Corinna Coulmas .... assistant to director
Brigitte Faure .... production accountant
Barbara Janicka .... interpreter: Poland (as Barbra Janica)
Francine Kaufmann .... interpreter: Hebrew
Iréne Steinfeldt-Levi .... assistant to director
 

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566 min
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Trivia:
While the film is exceptionally long and deals with an historical subject, no archive footage of World War II or concentration or death camps was used. Some of the unused interviews and footage would be later used by Claude Lanzmann to make several shorter documentaries.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Srebnik and Podchlebnik were not the only Jewish survivors of the Chelmno Extermination Camp. Today we know at least 9 by name, but not all survived WWII and/or gave testimonies. Lanzmann probably didn't know then.See more »
Quotes:
Claude Lanzmann:You don't remember those days?
Franz Grassler:Not much. I recall more clearly my pre-war mountaineering trips than the entire war period and those days in Warsaw. All, in all, those were bad times. It's a fact we tend to forget, thank god, the bad times more easily than the good. The bad times are repressed.
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Soundtrack:
Mandolinen um MitternachtSee more »

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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Simply Amazing, 13 December 1999
Author: scribbler51 from Cyberia

This eight-hour documentary is NOT what you might think. It contains not one frame of archival footage of Nazi atrocities. Instead, it is dozens of modern (early '80s) interviews with surviving death camp inmates, guards, a commandant and people living near the camps. In several cases, Lanzman takes surviving inmates back to the razed sites of the camps, where they recount the horrific indignities visited upon them. The most hair-raising interview is about six hours in, with a Jewish barber who, in the space of 5 minutes, shaved the heads of his wife, his best friend and his best friend's wife just prior to their being gassed. With tears welling up, he describes shaving their heads in silence and without acknowledgement, so he might continue living and offer testimony to their hellish demise.

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