Claude Lanzmann†

Claude Lanzmann, former Professor at The European Graduate School / EGS.


Claude Lanzmann was a Paris based filmmaker and director of the prestigious magazine Les Temps Modernes, founded by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Lanzmann is renowned for his unprecedented "cinematic history of the Holocaust," the 9 ½ hour documentary film SHOAH (1985). He studied philosophy at Tübingen University in Germany and in Paris where he graduated with a Diplomé d'Etudes Supérieures de Philosophie; he was lecturer for French literature annd philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. Lanzmann belonged to the circle of the French philosophers Camus, Sartre and Beauvoir and as journalist his specialty became in-depth interviews. In 1974 Lanzmann began working on SHOAH which focuses on the voices and faces of the victims, victimizers and other participants. Other documentary films are Why Israel (1974), Tsahal (1994), A Visitor from the Living (1997). Solibor / 1943/ 4pm (2001). Author of The Complete Text of the Acclaimed Holocaust Film SHOAH.