Update 2017 further down: Dutch journalist Joyce Roodnat accuses Lanzmann of sexual harressment

Først var det Roman Polanski, derefter Dominique Strauss Kahn, og et par israelske præsidenter der ikke kunne holde fingrene for sig selv. Og nu er det så den 87 årige fransk-jødiske filmproducent Claude Lanzmann, der er kommet i problemer på grund af en offentligt udstillet ukontrollabel seksuel appetit.

 
  STORE GENITALIER - I halvtredserne blev Lanzmann introduceret til kredse omkring Jean-Paul Sartre og Simone de Beauvoir af sin søster, som var én af Sartres elskerinder (og som senere begik selvmord). Lanzmann blev Beauvoirs elsker, og således forankrede han sig til denne lille men intellektuelt magtfulde klike. Claude Lanzmann har kun begrænsede sproglige evner. Han mest overbevisende argumenter har altid været, i hans egne øjne vel at mærke, hans knytnæver og hans genitalier, hvis størrelse han har en tendens til at antyde, - og endda foreslår unge damer at checke selv. Meget mere om Lanzmann og hans film.

Berømt jødisk filminstruktør udspurgt i israelsk lufthavn angående seksuel forulempelse

Den fransk-jødiske filminstruktør, mest kendt for sin holocaust-film 'Shoah' fra 19851), er af en kvindelig sikkerhedsvagt på Ben Gurion-lufthavnen i Tel Aviv blevet beskyldt for at have krammet og kysset hende mod sin vilje.

Claude Lanzmann blev i tirsdags tilbageholdt og afhørt af sikkerhedsfolk ved Ben Gurion-lufthavnen. Lanzmann som er Jøde, og som var i Israel for at besøge nogen ankom til lufthavnenen i selskab med to andre, for at vende tilbage til Paris.

Ifølge anmeldelsen fra sikkerhedsmedarbejderen kom Lanzmann uden problemer gennem sikkerhedskontrollen, Efter han var kommet igennem nærmede han sig angiveligt bagfra, og krammede og kyssede hende mod sin vilje.

Efter anmeldelsen blev Lanzmann anholdt for at blive afhørt, hvorefter han blev løsladt og fik lov til at gå om bord på flyet til Frankrig.

1) Lanzmann kalder filmen for 'en dokumentar', og sådan serveres den også af medier og propagandainstitutionerne, mens Lanzmann andetsteds erklærer at han ikke har brugt én eneste dokumentaristisk stump i sine film.

Kilde:

Haaretz 7 januar 2012 - Renowned Jewish film director questioned at Israel airport for sexual harassment

Update November 15, 2017

Claude Lanzmann, producer of the holocaust movie "Shoah", accused of sexual haressment by Dutch journalist Joyce Roodnat.

English translation of excerpt from Dutch Newspaper NRC article by Joyce Roodnat describing her personal close up experience with Mr. Shoah Claude Lanzmann in 1985

Dutch title: #MeToo en ik zweeg uit respect voor de kunst

..... Meanwhile there are calming voices: Is it all really so bad? Yes. It's bad. I know because I did it. I was 29 and was going to interview Claude Lanzmann in Paris, the documentary maker who, through his phenomenal film Shoah (1985), penetrated into the reality of the Nazi death camps. A hero and a great artist.

The conversation took place at his place, he responded in detail to each question. And while he was talking about Auschwitz and the way he dealt with camp guards* with a hidden camera, he was groping me. I politely resisted while letting him do it a bit. I knew my place. He was the big producer, I was a nobody. In addition, I had to do that interview, returning with unfinished business was not an option. The interesting thing is that neither he nor I said anything about his behavior.

When it got too bad, I got up and told him that I had to leave. He insisted on giving me a lift, and I even got into his car. Why? I could not say it. Eventually I came to my myself. At a traffic light I got out.

I wrote the article and told nobody anything. I refused out of respect for "the Arts". Later I heard I had not been the only one. That helped.

NRC Handelsblad October 18, 2017 - #MeToo en ik zweeg uit respect voor de kunst

Joyce Roodnat telling her story on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FVZwMArIMo

Full subtitles / video transscript - slightly edited

You are... To get to your experience you're a journalist. You're going to interview Claude Lanzmann the man who made the movie "Shoah" a celebrated and long movie. How long ago did you speak to him?

I was 29 I'm 61 now so it was a long time ago.

Yes about 32 years ago.

It was in 1985.

Anyway you're going there as a young woman to interview him.

Yes.

Did the interview go well?

The interview went very well. He was very talkative. The movie had just been made it would be broadcast by the VPRO and I was sent to Paris by the newspaper to interview him.

So there he is it's a very big and impressive man who is also very famous.

I'm being sent there and I have to do this interview.

And while he's talking about Auschwitz and camp executioners he starts to touch me.

I'm next to him on the couch.

And touching me, is that,..... like this?

I called it groping in the article, I don't want to tell exactly what he did.

But it was intimidating?

It was very intimidating but he was intimidating anyway.

He was very famous very big you can see this in the picture.

And he made a great movie I still think it's a very good movie.

And I have to return with something.

I have to return home with an article.

That also plays a part.

And I'm completely embarrassed while this is happening.

You mean you have to return with an article so you can't say "Are you completely insane?".

I can't walk away I have to...

Of course I could have done it although it didn't occur to me.

That's also interesting. It didn't even occur to me to walk away.

Recently you wrote about this and there have been quite some reactions to that.

Yes yes.

Which are about this same man by the way.

Yes so initially I didn't say anything about this because I was so embarrassed.

Exactly what Saskia pointed out you're thinking "Was it my fault? Did I imagine it?"

It's easy to start doubting because the man is so powerful and famous etc. After about a year rumors started to appear there is always gossip.

Those (((men))) always think they can do this unnoticed. This is false idea; women talk to each other.

I heard from others then I also started to talk, but always as some sort of joke although it was really scary.

In the meantime it has appeared Lanzmann has been interviewed three times by female journalists from the NRC

and he did it all three times.

Right.

So two of my colleagues went through the same.

End of video clip

 

Related:

Richard Silverstein October 24, 2017 - Jewish Forward Protects Elie Wiesel’s Reputation at Expense of Alleged Sexual Assault Victim

Jewish Forward (deleted article now web archive) - Woman Claims Elie Wiesel Sexually Assaulted Her At Charity Event


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