Special Screening: “Shoah” by Claude Lanzmann

Goethe-Institut Athen and Exile Room present a special screening of Claude Lanzmann’s classical masterpiece “Shoah”, the most radical documentation of the extermination of the European Jews by the Nazis ever captured on film. This outstanding work of non-fiction is divided in 4 parts, a 9½ hour-long testament against oblivion.

The event is organized in the context of the 2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration on January 27, the day when the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp complex was liberated by the Red Army. The”Shoah” screenings organized around the world on January 27, 2020, are an initiative of the Berlin International Literature Festival.

“A collective song of mourning that unites the voices of many. A sheer masterpiece.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“A heart-wrenching documentary that accurately captures the mechanism of human annihilation.” – Willy Brandt

The four-part screening will be presented by:

– Fragiski Abatzopoulou (author, Professor Emeritus at the Aristotle University’s Literature Department)
– Christos Karakepelis (documentary filmmaker)
– Katerina Oikonomakou (journalist, author)
– Eva Stefani (filmmaker, visual artist, Associate Professor at the Kapodistrian Univeristy’s Communication & Mass Media Department)

1st Part (2:25′) > 14:00 – 16:30
Presentation: Fragiski Abatzopoulou
2nd Part (1:45′) > 17:00 – 19:00
Presentation: Katerina Oikonomakou
3rd Part (2:19′) > 19:30 – 21:30
Presentation: Eva Stefani
4th Part (2:20′) > 22:00 – 00:30
Presentation: Christos Karakepelis

More about the film:


Claude Lanzmannh’s emblematic 9,5hr-long documentary features the statements of people who experienced the extermination of European Jews first-hand and managed to survive, whether it’s victims, perpetrators or observers. Many of them talk about it for first time after 30 years. According to the director, the film is not about survival, it’s a testimony about death.

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