Lot 199: Simon Wiesenthal

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:33:14

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Lot 199: AMS in German in pencil, four pages, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa 1990s, signed vertically in the left margin in black ballpoint, "S. Wiesenthal," and initialed in pencil, "S. W." Draft for an article responding to French filmmaker and Holocaust documentarian Claude Lanzmann's criticism of the film Schindler's List. In part (translated): "Every movie about the Holocaust represents a struggle to make sure it will never be forgotten. The comments 'Shoah' director Claude Lanzmann made regarding Spielberg's movie 'Schindler's List' are unacceptable for many reasons. Lanzmann writes, Spielberg has insulted his movie 'Shoah' and claims that two escapees from Vilna had told him that they had been forced to dig up corpses, from a mass grave and burn these corpses on wooden stakes, and that they had to do it all with their bare hands. Spielberg showed such a scene in his movie 'Schindler's List' as having taken place at the Plaszow camp, but it actually did not happen there." Also includes a cardstock 4 x 5.75 photo of Wiesenthal, signed in blue ballpoint. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full translation and a transcript of Lanzmann's article. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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