Item #1491 Soa. Claude Lanzmann.
Samizdat Transcript of Lanzmann’s Movie


Praha (Prague): Edice Expedice (Svazek 258), 1988. Samizdat. First Czech edition. Mimeographed typescript. In publisher’s black cloth. (4), 4, (1), 5–155, (3), 156–321, 323, 322, 324, (1) p. [Complete.]. Few pages loose, otherwise in fine condition.

Czech samizdat edition of the transcript of Claude Lanzmann’s monumental, 1985 documentary film, Shoah.

The nine-hour long film presents Lanzmann’s interviews with survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. The film was not premiered in the Eastern Block only after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

In Czechoslovakia it was first screened in May 1991, however, the transcript of the film was translated and circulated in the present samizdat edition even before. It was published in the series of “Edice Expedice” run by the writer, Václav Havel, a leading member of the opposition movement, who became the first President of a free Czechoslovakia in late 1989. As the head of the stated he “formally pointed out the importance of remembering the Holocaust”, and “had a short meeting with the French director of the film, Shoah, Claude Lanzmann when he was present at the film’s premiere in Prague […].” (Sniegon, 2014)

WorldCat locates no copies in institutional holdings.

Bibl.: Sniegon, T.: Vanished History: The Holocaust in Czech and Slovak Historical Culture New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017. p. 97.


Price: €2,500.00

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