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SHOAH is a magical film about the most barbaric act of the 20th century. Previous commentaries on the Holocaust, with its ravished skeletons and corpses, have left us shaken, but now for the first time, we experience it in our heads, in our flesh.
Claude Lanzmann spent eleven years spanning the globe for surviving camp inmates, SS commandants, and eyewitnesses of the Final Solution-the Nazi's effort to systematically exterminate human beings. without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, SHOAH renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people". Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past comes brilliantly alive.
SHOAH is a heroic endeavor to humanize the inhuman, to tell the untellable. It is an immensely disturbing, even shattering experience, yet in its solemnity and beauty not a morbid or disheartening one. There are few works of art which leave one with such a deep appreciation for the preciousness and meaning of life.
I collect DVDs,I have over 3,500 and this is part of the collectionPublished 14 months ago by R D F
Example: How come the barber shaves the hair off wife and friends' but he himself survives? Would he not also be going with them? Or was he a hired guard? Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anonima
I am very glad I finally have these DVD's and the book. I have wanted them for years. These DVD's are very good, because Lanzman interviewed people, who were there when the... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Elvera Carlsson
But I'd very much like to see it in Blu-Ray please. I keep checking back hoping to find a release date!Published on July 7, 2012 by Christopher Beckwith
Enough reviewers have eloquently gone into the wonderful content of this documentary. I'm only weighing in because in addition to the Region 1 US release, I purchased the Region 2... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Arrested Development
It took me over a month to watch Shoah in its 9 1/2 -hour entirety. Unrelentingly intense, each moment is profound. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Kelly Hock
I loved this series. It allows the viewer to go deeply inside the Holocaust. The hidden camera footage of former Nazis was incredible, and I do not recall having seen anything... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Kevin J. Roberts