The Great Claude Lanzmann Dead at 92


A fighter in the French resistance during the War, anti-colonialist campaigner, journalist, writer, filmmaker, but above all, the man who made “Shoah”, Claude Lanzmann died today, July 5. He was 92.Claude was a member of the Board of Directors of the Aladdin Project since its creation in 2009.

He was particularly proud that the masterpiece of his life, “Shoah”, the most impactful documentary ever made about the Holocaust, been translated into Turkish, Arabic and Farsi, and broadcast on the Turkish national television channel, TRT. The nine-hour-plus documentary was also broadcast to Iran by the Los Angeles-based Pars TV. Claude travelled to Istanbul to talk about Shoah and the important work of the Aladdin Project in informing the Muslim world about the Holocaust. He also spoke passionately about the mission and objectives of the Aladdin Project during a meeting in Paris in the presence of then Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand and other political and cultural leaders to mark the launch of Shoah in Persian.

In January 2017, Claude and Dominique Lanzmann lost their 23 years-old son, Felix, after a long fight with cancer. Felix’s loss came as a crushing blow to Claude, but he didn’t give up the fight. In July 2018, on the occasion of the International Day for the Commemoration of the Shoah, he spoke at UNESCO about his new film, “The Four Sisters”, in which he traced the destiny of Ruth Elias, Ada Lichtman, Paula Biren, Hanna Marton : four women who experienced the horror of the camps.

Claude Lanzmann had a profound vision of humanity; a genuine voice of conscience who dedicated his life to the fight against oblivion, anti-Semitism and the rejection of the Other.

We convey our deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and love ones.