Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust - The Complete Text of the Film

by Claude Lanzmann

Book, 1985



Call number

736 LAN



New York : Pantheon Books, c1985.


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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member meggyweg
As the movie is nine hours long and my local library and DVD rental place didn't have it, I thought I'd read just the text instead. Unfortunately it didn't have as much as an impact on me as I had hoped it would. I think seeing the movie, the people's faces, how they talked, would be better. Very
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few movies are a good substitute for the novel they're based off of; this book doesn't seem to be an adequate substitute for the movie it came from.
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LibraryThing member BrisbaneHebrewCon
BHC Library Users please note: Our collection has the FILM VERSION of this title, not the book!

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0394551427 / 9780394551425

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