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Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah: a “masterpiece of character”

A new documentary pays fitting tribute to a monument of European cinema

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

4557-1: Claude Lanzmann and Simone de Beauvoir. un document exceptionnel qui appartenait ? Simone de Beauvoir. Un cadeau de Lanzman qui avait ?crit au dos "A ma reine d'Afrique..."

One of the most celebrated sequences in Shoah, Claude Lanzmann’s monumental nine-and-a-half-hour film about the destruction of European Jewry, takes place in a barber’s shop in Tel Aviv. Lanzmann has persuaded Abraham Bomba, the “barber of Treblinka,” a member of the Jewish Sonderkommando whose job it was to roughly cut the hair…

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