This is a summary of a review of Claude Lanzmann's film "Shoah" which was released 25 years ago and is being shown again today, Friday, in New York and in a national roll-out in the new year.
"Shoah" is a nine and a half hour cinematic oral history of the Holocaust. The film took 12 years to complete. Rather than presenting a complete or chronological history, the film continually returns to Chelmno (where the gassing began in specially equipped vans), Treblinka, Auschwitz and other death camps, circling around to end with the horrors of the rapidly emptying Warsaw Ghetto.
Mr Lanzmann secretly filmed Nazi perpetrators and coaxed victims to speak with startling eloquence of things they had been reluctant to revisit.
"Shoah is a film filled with death that continually affirms the value of life. There is nothing like it".