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Shoah ()


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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

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Motke Zaïdl ...
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Hanna Zaïdl ...
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Jan Piwonski ...
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Itzhak Dugin ...
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Abraham Bomba ...
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Czeslaw Borowi ...
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Rudolf Vrba ...
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Inge Deutschkron ...
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Alfred Spiess ...
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Raul Hilberg ...
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Franz Schalling ...
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Martha Michelsohn ...
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Moshe Mordo ...
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Armando Aaron ...
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Walter Stier ...
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Ruth Elias ...
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Franz Grassler ...
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Gertude Schneider ...
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Itzhak Zuckermann ...
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Francine Kaufmann ...
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Barbara Janicka ...
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Mrs. Apfelbaum ...
Herself - Interpreter: Yiddish (as Mrs. Apflebaum)
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Charlotte Hirschhorn ...
Herself - Gertrude Schneider's mother

Directed by

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Claude Lanzmann

Written by

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Claude Lanzmann ... ()

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Dominique Chapuis
Jimmy Glasberg
Phil Gries ... (documentary segments)
William Lubtchansky

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Ziva Postec
Anna Ruiz ... (for one of the Treblinka sequences)
Yael Perlov ... (uncredited)

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Geneviève de Gouvion Saint-Cyr ... assistant editor
Bénédicte Mallet ... assistant editor
Yael Perlov ... assistant editor
Christine Simonot ... assistant editor
Catherine Trouillet ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Séverine Olivier-Lacamp ... production manager
Stella Quef ... production manager (as Stella Gregozz-Quef)

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Bernard Aubouy ... sound engineer
Danielle Fillios ... sound editor
Anne-Marie Lhote ... sound editor (as Anne-Marie L'Hôte)
Michel Vionnet ... sound engineer

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Philippe Tourret ... restoration coordinator

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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

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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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Plot Summary

Claude Lanzmann directed this 9 1/2 hour documentary of the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing by asking for the most minute details is effective at adding up these details to give a horrifying portrait of the events of Nazi genocide. He also shows, or rather lets some of his subjects themselves show, that the anti-Semitism that caused 6 million Jews to die in the Holocaust is still alive and well in many people who still live in Germany, Poland, and elsewhere. Written by Gene Volovich

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Also Known As
  • Шоа (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 566 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia An estimated 350 hours of footage were shot. The editing process took 5 years. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Toutes les histoires (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Mandolinen um Mitternacht See more »
Quotes Franz Suchomel: If you lie enough, you believe your own lies.
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