SHOAH

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A nine-hour documentary on the victims, perpetrators and witnesses to the Nazi extermination camps in Poland. Made over a period of ten years, the director Claude Lanzmann filmed interviews with Jewish survivors, former German SS officers and Polish peasants. He revisited Treblinka, Auschwitz, Chelmno, Sobibor and Belzeac. Interviewees include Simon Srebnik, one of only two survivors of the 400,000 Jews at Chelmno, and SS officer Franz Suchomel, who served at Treblinka. The film uses no newsreel footage at all. Broadcast in two parts in Britain, the first half covers the period to 1943, the second 1943-45. The word Shoah is a Hebrew word meaning annihilation.

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