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Director of Holocaust documentary ‘Shoah’, dies

France 24, Jul 5

Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, who was best known for the epic documentary “Shoah” – a nine-and-a-half hour long account of the Holocaust – has died in Paris at the age of 92.

Lanzmann’s death was first reported by Le Monde, and later confirmed by his publisher Gallimard.

Lanzmann was born on November 27, 1925 in Bois-Colombe, a small suburb northwest of Paris. His family emigrated to France from eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century.

He fought in the resistance in Clermont-Ferrand during World War II. Following the war, he met the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, with whom he became close. Lanzmann lived with Sartre’s longtime companion Simone de Beauvoir from 1952-1959 and was chief editor of the journal Les Temps Modernes, founded by Sartre and de Beauvoir.

The filmmaker garnered widespread acclaim in 1985 for the documentary “Shoah”, which tells the story of the Holocaust through a series of interviews with both perpetrators and survivors. It took Lanzmann 11 years to make, and it won several prominent awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best non-fiction film.

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