Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah

Lanzmann’s “Shoah” in the Muslim world

“Once seen, never forgotten.” This is how one film critic has described Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, a nine-hour documentary that is unlike any other: there are no old newsreels, few interviews with survivors and no coverage of war crimes trials. Lanzmann spent six years simply looking for eyewitnesses. Shoah is not a chronological or factual record of the Holocaust. Instead, we watch and listen to survivors, perpetrators and bystanders in a kind of mosaic that begins slowly to make sense of something utterly without sense…

Now "Shoah" is being subtitled in Arabic, Turkish and Persian and arrangements are in place for the film to be aired on television stations that have wide viewership in Turkey, Iran and the Arab world. Premieres for the film will be taking place in several cities in the Muslim world in 2011.

The film was telecast on the Iranian satellite television channel, Pars in March 2011. Turkey’s state-owned television, TRT, started showing the film on January 26, 2012 and more than 5 million viewers watched the episodes. "Shoah" will be broadcast next on Arabic-language television channel Al Hurra.