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Turkish public television shows Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah”

January 27, 2012

shoahlanzmannFrom the Associated Press:

An epic French documentary about the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime has appeared on Turkish television to mark international Holocaust Remembrance Day — the first time the film has been aired on public television in a majority-Muslim country. State television TRT’s documentary channel showed the first episode of filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah late Thursday — the eve of the day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. The film has been subtitled into Arabic, Farsi and Turkish by the Paris-based Aladdin Project as part of its campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims and to fight Holocaust denial….

It was the first showing of Shoah on a public television channel in a Muslim country. The director said he hoped more Muslim countries would follow suit. “It is a historical event,” Lanzmann, 87, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his home in Paris. “It is extremely important that it is being shown in a Muslim country. The Turks are engaged in a pioneering work and I am sure it (the showing) will be followed by other Muslim countries,” he said….

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