Sunday, November 18

4:00 pm

Join us for a screening of

Claude Lanzmann's

SHOAH: Four Sisters

The Hippocratic Oath


Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films using interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into his monumental 1985 documentary, SHOAH. The last of the films in this series, Shoah: Four Sisters, is devoted to four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies, each finding herself improbably alive after war’s end.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will host an advance screening of one portion of Shoah: Four Sisters, a 90-minute English-language interview with Auschwitz survivor Ruth Elias entitled "The Hippocratic Oath."

Ruth Elias was 17 when the Nazis invaded her native city of Moravska Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, where her prosperous family had lived for generations. In April 1942, all were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto. Elias’s parents and sister were deported to Auschwitz and soon murdered, but she was able to remain behind by marrying her boyfriend. She became pregnant, a grave danger since pregnant women were targeted for deportation, and Nazi regulations made it impossible to secure an abortion. She was sent to Auschwitz in the fall of 1943. Interned in the infamous Czech Family Camp in Section B II B at Birkenau, she lived only a few hundred meters from a gas chamber and crematorium complex. When her pregnancy was finally recognized, she was placed under the care of the infamous Josef Mengele, who subjected her to a most cruel medical ordeal, forcing Elias to make the hardest possible decision a mother could face.

Shoah: Four Sisters opens theatrically on November 21 at the Laemmle Music Hall and Laemmle Town Center 5.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Museum docent Dennis Moss, whose mother, like Ruth Elias, was pregnant when she was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. 

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required: