Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour film SHOAH is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies—of survivors, former Nazis, and other witnesses.

The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming SHOAH is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present, and it is inarguably one of the most important cinematic works of all time. When SHOAH premiered on PBS over four nights in 1987, it inspired Americans to explore dark truths of the Holocaust that had long been avoided. Watch the trailer here.

Attend the first in-person screening of SHOAH held anywhere in almost a decade. The film will be split into four parts and screened over a period of two weeks in the Museum’s newly renovated theater, Edmond J. Safra Hall.

Screenings are $5 each for Museum members or $10 each for the general public. If you’re not a member, join today.

Part 1 (2.5 hours) screening dates and times: 

  • Sunday, June 13 | 1 PM
  • Thursday, June 17 | 1 PM
  • Wednesday, June 23 | 1 PM

Part 2 (2 hours) screening dates and times:

  • Sunday, June 13 | 4 PM
  • Thursday, June 17 | 4 PM
  • Wednesday, June 23 | 4 PM

Part 3 (2.5 hours) screening dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 16 | 1 PM
  • Sunday, June 20 | 1 PM
  • Thursday, June 24 | 1 PM

Part 4 (2.5 hours) screening dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 16 | 4 PM
  • Sunday, June 20 | 4 PM
  • Thursday, June 24 | 4 PM

Hosted in partnership with IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management.

Public programming at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act; and other generous donors.

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