2014 Honorary Camera of David Camera

Claude Lanzmann

The 2014 Honorary Camera of David is dedicated to Mr. Claude Lanzmann
for his courage to show the truth and for his acclaimed films tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

Claude Lanzmann

Life and work

Mr. Lanzmann was born in Paris to a Jewish family that immigrated to France from Eastern Europe. He is the brother of writer Jacques Lanzmann. He attended the Lycée Blaise-Pascal (fr) in Clermont-Ferrand. His family went into hiding during World War II. He joined the French resistance at the age of 18 and fought in Auvergne. Lanzmann opposed the French war in Algeria and signed the 1960 antiwar petition Manifesto of the 121. From 1952 to 1959 he lived with Simone de Beauvoir. In 1963 he married French actress Judith Magre. They divorced in 1971, and he next married Angelika Schrobsdorff, a German-Jewish writer. Lanzmann's most renowned work, Shoah, is a nine-and-a-half hour oral history of the Holocaust, broadly considered to be the foremost film on the subject. Shoah is made without the use of any historical footage, and uses only first-person testimony from Jewish, Polish, and German individuals, and contemporary footage of several Holocaust-related sites. Lanzmann persuaded Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski to be a witness in Shoah by calling forth—once again—his historical responsibility. When the film was released, the director also published the complete text, including in English translation, with introductions by Lanzmann and Simone de Beauvoir. It provides multiple keys to the philosophical and linguistic preoccupations of the producers. Through Shoah many viewers were first introduced to the work of Raul Hilberg, an American Holocaust historian. Lanzmann has disagreed, sometimes angrily, with attempts to understand the why of Hitler, stating that the evil of Hitler cannot or should not be explained and that to do so is immoral and an obscenity. He is chief editor of the journal Les Temps Modernes, which was founded by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. In 2009, Lanzmann published his memoirs under the title Le lièvre de Patagonie (The Patagonian Hare). He is currently a lecturer at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


- Israel, Why (Pourquoi Israel) (1973)
- Shoah (1985)
- Tsahal (film) (fr) (1994)
- A Visitor from the Living (fr) (1999)
- Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 p.m (2001)
- Lights and Shadows (2008)
- The Karski Report (fr) (2010)
- The Last of the Unjust (2013) (about Benjamin Murmelstein, Elder of Theresienstadt)


- Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust : The Complete Text of the Film. Pantheon Books, New York 1985, ISBN 978-0-394-55142-5
- The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir (translated by Frank Wynne). Atlantic Books, London 2012 ISBN 978-1-84887-360-5 ; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York 2012. ISBN 978-0-374-23004-3

Other publications:

- Galster, Ingrid (2011), "'Eine große Qualität meines Buches ist seine Ehrlichkeit.' Postscriptum zu der Debatte um die Autobiographie Claude Lanzmanns", In Das Argument, 290, 72-83. (online) (unpublished English translation: "'One great quality of my book is its honesty.' Postscript to the debate on Claude Lanzmann’s autobiography" online)
- “From the Holocaust to the Holocaust”. Telos 41 (Fall 1979). New York: Telos Press.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Lanzmann & IMDB