(Film in English with French subtitles) From June 3 to 6, 2019, join us at the Cinémathèque Québécoise for the screening of Claude Lanzmann’s four-part documentary, Four Sisters. To make this film, Lanzmann drew on the impressive amount of images and recordings left behind from Shoah, and gathered testimonies from four survivors.

  • June 3: Le Serment d’Hippocrate, Ruth Elias
  • June 4: La Puce joyeuse, Ada Lichtman
  • June 5: Baluty, Paula Biren
  • June 6: L’Arche de Noé, Hanna Marton

Four Sisters

Claude Lanzmann interviewed them while filming Shoah and decided to dedicate a film to each of them. He returns to the fate of Ruth Elias, Ada Lichtman, Paula Biren, and Hanna Marton: four women who experienced the horror of the Holocaust. He puts into perspective these stories filmed thirty years ago in order to understand the processes set up by the Nazi regime and their collaborators to commit the genocide of the Jews.

Baluty, Paula Biren

The third installment of this documentary follows Polish Holocaust survivor, Paula Biren:

Paula Biren

There are still many archives, diaries and even some pictures of the Lodz ghetto, but very few survivors’ testimonies. Paula Biren’s story is all the more exceptional as she was part of the female police force of the ghetto.

Out of the hundreds of ghettos dotting the Polish countryside, that of Lodz was the most “durable.” It was steered with an iron fist by Chaim Mordechai Rumkowski, president of the council of elders, called “King Chaim”, a man convinced that he could save part of the community by transforming them into labour force in service of the Germans.

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