The Pollock Theater’s two-part special screening of Claude Lanzmann’s final film Shoah: Four Sisters concludes with the film’s final two installments: The Merry Flea and Noah’s Ark. 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 takes up the stories of Ada Lichtman and Hanna Marton.
The event will be followed by a reception in the Michael Douglas lobby.
The first two installments of Four Sisters will screen on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 PM.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Symposia in Jewish Studies.