Claude Lanzmann directed this 9 1/2 hour documentary (presented here in four parts: 'First Era, Part One', 'First Era, Part Two', 'Second Era, Part One' and 'Second Era, Part Two' of the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing by asking for the most minute details is effective at adding up these details to give a horrifying portrait of the events of Nazi genocide. He also shows, or rather lets some of his subjects themselves show, that the anti-Semitism that caused 6 million Jews to die in the Holocaust is still alive and well in many people who still live in Germany, Poland, and elsewhere.
Claude Lanzmann interviews: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaidl, Hanna Zaidl, Jan Piwonski, Itzhak Dugin, Richard Glazer, Paula Biren, Pana Pietyra, Pan Filipowicz, Pan Falborski, Abraham Bomba, Czeslaw Borowi, Henrik Gawkowski, Rudolf Vrba, Inge Deutschkron, Franz Suchomel, Filip Müller, Joseph Oberhauser, Anton Spiess, Raul Hilberg, Franz Schaliing, Martha Michelsohn, Moshe Mordo, Armando Aaron, Walter Stier, Ruth Elias, Jan Karski, Franz Grassler, Gertude Schneider, Itzhak Zuckermann and Simha Rotem.