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Claude Lanzmann (born 1925 in Paris) is a Paris-based filmmaker and professor of documentary film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland where he conducts a summer workshop.
He is a director of the journal Les Temps Modernes, which was founded by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. His most renowned work is the nine-and-a-half hour documentary film Shoah (1985), which is an oral history of the Holocaust, and is broadly considered to be the foremost film on the subject. Of particular note is that Shoah is made without the use of any documentary footage, and only reference to first-person testimony of Jewish, Polish, and German individuals.
Lanzmann has also attacked people for attempting the project of understanding Hitler, calling the entire idea "obscene", and attempted to silence even Holocaust survivors who nonetheless engage in doing so.
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