Claude Lanzmann, the French director best known for his landmark Holocaust documentary Shoah, has died at age 92 on Thursday, July 5 at home in Paris.
His publisher Gallimard confirmed the death of the late filmmaker at the Saint-Antoine Hospital. Gallimard further told AFP news agency that the writer had been "very, very weak" for some days.
The 1985 movie 'Shoah' is considered the foremost film on the Holocaust. The film, which runs for more than nine hours, uses testimonies from victims to describe the six million Jews' murder by the Nazis during World War Two.
His documentary 'Shoah', which won critical praise and various awards including a Bafta Award for best documentary, was the result of 12 years of hard work and more than 300 hours of interviews shot between 1974 and 1981.
The Israeli government expressed its sorrow at Claude and paid tribute to him. Emmanuel Nahshon, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, told AFP news agency that it was an "enormous loss for humanity and especially for the Jewish people".
Bernard-Henri Levy, a French philosopher also described Lanzmann as "a brave man... a good man". He said, "I will cherish like treasure the beautiful times we spent together".
In an interview with AFP last year, Claude said, "If I am unstoppable it's because of the truth, which I believe in profoundly".
He added, "When I look at what I did in my life, I believe that I came to represent the truth, I never played with it."
Claude's - who never retired - last film, The Four Sisters, was only recently released in France.
Rest In Peace!