Shoah: Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath and Baluty
This special two-part event features Claude Lanzmann’s final film Shoah: Four Sisters. Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of his 1985 masterpiece Shoah, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work. In the last years of the late director’s life, he decided to devote a film to four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies, each finding herself improbably alive after war’s end: Ruth Elias from Ostravia, Czechoslovakia; Paula Biren from Lodz, Poland; Ada Lichtman from further south in Krakow; and Hanna Marton from Cluj, or Kolozsvár, in Transylvania. Survivors of unimaginable Nazi horrors during the Holocaust, they tell their individual stories and become crucial witnesses to the barbarism they experienced. Each possesses a vivid intelligence and a commitment to candor that make their accounts of what they suffered through both searing and unforgettable. Tonight’s screening of The Hippocratic Oath and Baluty takes up the stories of Ruth Elias and Paula Biren. The final two installments of Four Sisters will screen on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 PM.
Regina Longo will join moderator Harold Marcuse for a post-screening discussion.
This event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Jewish Studies Symposium.