On Thursday, July 5th, the sad news was reported that French director Claude Lanzmann has passed away. The highly acclaimed movie director died at the age of 92.
Lanzmann was best known for his 9.5 hour documentary. “Shoah” was a heart wrenching and truthful “masterpiece” about the Holocaust, showing testimonies of Jewish victims, German executioners, and other bystanders.
The film not only set Lanzmann apart as a film director, it also shaped a lot of people’s views about the Holocaust.
The director had said, “I knew that the subject of the film would be death itself. Death rather than survival. For 12 years I tried to share relentlessly into the black sun of the Shoah.”
That film became one of the most famous documentaries of all time and was well praised around the world. Roger Ebert even called it “one of the noblest films ever made.”
Beyond that documentary, Lanzmann created several other movies as well. He made a couple other films about the Holocaust and his final film in 2017 was “Napalm,” about a visit to North Korea.
The famous director sadly passed away on Thursday morning at a hospital in Paris. The publishing house for his autobiography, Gallimard, made the announcement.
Many fans reached out on social media to share their condolences as soon as the news was revealed:
Please be praying for Lanzmann’s family during this time. A loss, no matter the age, is difficult. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, a Grammy Award-winning singer just proposed to his girlfriend on July 4th. See the sweet video!