"A nine-and-a-half-hour documentary on the Nazi extermination camps, Shoah (the Hebrew word for ""Holocaust"") was internationally hailed as a masterpiece upon its release in 1985. Shunning any re-creati"
The complete textspoken words and subtitlesof a recent documentary film on the Holocaust by French journalist and director Lanzmann is presented here in an unusual but grimly effective format. Doubtless seeing the film would be a vastly different experience, but the text carries a relentless strength and coherence of its own. Excerpts from interviews with a couple of dozen Jewish survivors, German officials and guards, Polish villagers and railway men, and contemporary historians in the United States, Israel, Germany, and Poland are juxtaposed, following the pattern of the film's scenes. The re sult is a powerful and unique impres sion of the Jewish tragedy drawn from the composite viewpoints of these radi cally different participants and observ ers. Highly recommended. James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.