Claude Lanzmann was a resistant of the first hour, a director of the revolt, the author of a masterful work that never ceased to fight forgetting to honor the memory of those who suffered.
Whether alongside Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, with whom he directed the magazine Modern times, or through his poignant documentaries on the Holocaust, this committed intellectual was recognized across borders for his relentless struggle against injustice. The author of Shoah, an absolute masterpiece, the fruit of twelve years of work around the words of the protagonists of the concentration and extermination camps, has succeeded in transforming the image into words, in creating from nothingness an exceptional and radical work.
A filmmaker driven by the quest for truth, he tried to decipher the world to better understand it. We owe him a dozen important films, including Why Israel (1972) and Tsahal (1994) and Napalm (2017) or The Four Sisters, based on Shoah’s unpublished rushes, recently released.
Claude Lanzmann was a humanist, an ardent defender of freedom, an indispensable witness, an indispensable filmmaker.
I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.