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Tribute to Claude Lanzmann

image: The Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath

On Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm, the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will present a tribute to Claude Lanzmann’s manifold masterpiece Shoah: Four Sisters, with the screening of the first portion of the film, The Hippocratic Oath.

The projection will be introduced by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and followed by a conversation with Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

This tribute is in connection with the release of Shoah: Four Sisters on November 14 and the concurrent Lanzmann retrospective at Quad Cinema.  

In 1985, Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah shattered a complacent world. Even at 9-1/2 hours, the howl of pain and anger evoked by the French filmmaker’s piercing interviews of survivors and former Nazi officials, juxtaposed with bucolic images of the sites of so much torment, forced a confrontation with the past that brought the scenes agonizingly close to the present.

But Lanzmann was haunted by the stories left on the cutting room floor and in 2017, just a year before his death, he released a new film containing four of them: Shoah: Four Sisters.

Meet Ruth Elias, singing and playing the accordion, recalling the melodies that long served as her anthems of courage. Hers should have been a simple love story. But the girl met the boy in a village where Ruth’s family hid after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. Her wedding took place in Theresienstadt ghetto just as her parents were deported. And within weeks of realizing she was pregnant, Ruth was loaded onto a cattle car and sent to Auschwitz.


More information on the Streicker website.

Free and open to the public with RSVP here.

Sponsored by Temple Emanu-El board member Charles S. Cohen and The Cohen Media Group

With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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