Screenings cosponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston

*Part I & II: Thursday, July 7, 10 am (636 min.)

Part I: Saturday, July 9, 2 pm (291 min.)

Part II: Sunday, July 10, 2 pm (345 min.)

New 35mm print!

Special ticket prices apply! General admission is $10 for one part; $15 for both parts. MFAH Members and HMH Members, students with ID, seniors, and members of Film Buffs receive a $2 discount.

Twelve years in the making and re-released for its 25th anniversary, Shoah is a monumental epic on the Holocaust featuring interviews with survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. The documentary contains no historical footage, but showcases interviews which seek to “reincarnate” the Jewish tragedy, and also visits places where the crimes took place. The film was immediately hailed as a masterpiece upon its 1985 premiere—it won prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, BAFTA (Best Documentary), Césars (Honorary), and IDA Awards.

“Making a history was not what I wanted to do. I wanted to construct something more powerful than that. And, in fact, I think that the film, using only images of the present, evokes the past with far more force than any historical document.” —Director Claude Lanzmann

*The following schedule applies to the July 7 screening only
Introduced by Robert Jan van Pelt and Michael Berenbaum. Detailed schedule listed below.

Why not come early and have breakfast at Cafe Express? The restaurant opens at 9 am and has a wonderful selection of breakfast dishes.

Part I  10 am – 12:30 pm

15-minute intermission

Part I (continues) 12:45 – 3 pm

For those attending the marathon screening of "Shoah" at the MFAH on Thursday, July 7:  enjoy something from Cafe Express during the lunch break (3–4:15 pm) in the American General Conference Room on the Mezzanine level of the Audrey Jones Beck Building. Click here to see the menu and order online. Then pick up your meal and head for the discussion group!

Lunch break (3–4:15 pm) in American General Conference Room with discussion by distinguished speakers  

Part II 4:30 – 7 pm

15-minute intermission

Part II (continues) 7 — 9:30 pm

30-minute discussion and Q&A session

Robert Jan van Pelt teaches at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and is the recipient of many academic honors, including the National Jewish Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the dignity of “University Professor.” He serves on various academic boards and has published seven books dealing with diverse topics such as the cosmic speculations on the Temple of Solomon, relativism in architectural history, and the construction history of Auschwitz. An internationally recognized authority on the history of Auschwitz, van Pelt appeared in Errol Morris’s film Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. and acted as a senior consultant to the BBC/PBS series Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State. Van Pelt chaired the team that developed a master plan for the preservation of Auschwitz, and served as an expert witness for the defense in the notorious libel case Irving vs. Penguin and Lipstadt (1998-2001).

Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute. He is a professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism). Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces. His most recent books include:Not Your Father’s Antisemitism, A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors and After the Passion Has Passed: American Religious Consequences, a collection of essays on Jews, Judaism and Christianity, Relgious Tolerance and Pluralism occasioned by the controversy that swirled around Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion.  

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Claude Lanzmann
multiple languages with English subtitles
Running Time
636 minutes