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Claude Lanzmann to Visit Freie Universität

International Colloquium on November 27 and 28 in Recognition of Lanzmann's Life's Work Will Mark His 90th Birthday

№ 363/2015 from Nov 18, 2015

The French documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann will be a guest at Freie Universität on November 27 on the occasion of a colloquium marking his 90th birthday. The two-day colloquium "Le regard du siècle" ("The View of the Century") on November 27 and 28 is dedicated to Lanzmann's work in all its facets – covering everything from his texts for Les Temps Modernes in the 1950s and 1960s and the film Shoah (1985) up to his latest work The Last of the Unjust (2013). The interdisciplinary colloquium will also address Lanzmann's political commitment as well as his contribution to the general perception of the Holocaust and the art form of the documentary. Beginning in 1949 Lanzmann taught two semesters at the newly founded Freie Universität in Dahlem. The 24-year-old taught French literature and at the request of the students led a seminar on the history of anti-Semitism. The meeting is public, but advance registration is required:

At 6:15 p.m. at the colloquium on Friday, Claude Lanzmann will converse with Prof. Dr. Joachim Küpper, a professor of Romance languages and literatures and comparative literature at Freie Universität Berlin, about his life and work. He portrayed his time at Freie Universität Berlin in his autobiography The Patagonian Hare that was published in 2010.

The French Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, H. E. Philippe Etienne, is expected to attend the opening ceremony. Welcoming addresses will also be given by Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brokoff, the dean of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities.

The two-day interdisciplinary meeting was organized by the literary scholar Prof. Dr. Susanne Zepp from Freie Universität. The participants are political scientists, literary scholars, film studies scholars, and historians. The speakers include Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie, a political scientist and director of the Institute for Cultural Studies (KWI) in Essen, Prof. Dr. Omar Kamil, a professor of political science and contemporary history at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Prof. Dr. Gertrud Koch, a film studies scholar at Freie Universität Berlin. The Japanese director Osamu Waktasuki, who filmed a documentary about Claude Lanzmann and the Japanese filmmaker Tsuchimoto Noriaki, will give a talk on the art of documentation. The conference languages are German, English, and French. The colloquium is being held jointly by the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität Berlin, the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, and the French Embassy in Berlin.

An interview with Susanne Zepp about the colloquium and Lanzmann's time as a lecturer at Freie Universität in 1949 was published in Freie Universität Berlin's supplement in the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Further Information


  • Friday, November 27, 2015, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Conversation with Claude Lanzmann on Friday, 6:15-7:30 p.m.


  • Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
    Freie Universität Berlin, "Rostlaube," Seminar Center, Room L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin
  • Friday, 4:15-7:30 p.m.:
    Freie Universität Berlin, "Rostlaube," Hörsaal 1b, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Advance Registration

RSVP by November 23, 2015, to . Please specify, if you wish to attend the colloquium and/or the conversation with Claude Lanzmann.

Press Officer for All Interview Requests

Dr. Nina Diezemann, Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel. +49 30 838-73190, Email:

Link to the Program