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50 years after Prof Chouchani passed away – Hazkara ceremony in Uruguay

Exactly 50 years after prof. Shoshani (Chouchani) passed away. On Sunday the 15th of January 2018, the Jewish community in Uruguay held a ceremony (Hazkara or Yortzeit) at the Jewish cemetery of La Paz (north to Montevideo) where prof Shoshani’s grave stands.

Here is an article about this ceremony that took place in the rain, in the national newspaper of Uruguay El Pais. They also mention the participation of filmmaker Michael Grynszpan who travelled from Israel to Uruguay to attend the event.

“La lluvia no detuvo homenaje de la comunidad israelita
Recuerdan al sabio Shoshani, inspirador de figuras mundiales.”


cimetiere - image El Pais 14 01 2018

(photo: Diego Moraes)

Le mystérieux Maître d’Elie Wiesel – article sur les rapports Chouchani-Wiesel

Elie Wiesel and Michael

The last filmed interview of Elie Wiesel was about his Mentor Shoshani – Chouchani

Filmmaker Michael Grynszpan and Elie Wiesel z.l.

Filmmaker Michael Grynszpan and Elie Wiesel z.l.

We’ve just learned the sad news: Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87. Baruch Dayan Emet (Blessed is the True Judge).

We had the privilege to meet him and to interview him last year in New York.
Elie Wiesel was happy to talk about his mentor and master Shoshani (Chouchani).

We believe this was his last filmed interview.

Elie Wiesel holds Shoshani / Chouchani’s letters in his private archives

Another fascinating article written by a talented journalist Ofer Aderet in Haaretz (same journalist who wrote the first article about our movie on Chouchani / Shoshani http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.553215)

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel - Picture : Dorit Rappel

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel – Picture : Dorit Rappel

This time it’s about the most famous book of Elie Wiesel, “Night”. We learn here that Dr Joel Rapel – who was the director of Elie Wiesel’s archives in Boston for years – found there this manuscript in Hebrew! Nobody knew until now that Wiesel wrote a version of “Night” in Hebrew because it has never been published. The text in Hebrew is different than the one in French.

Another interesting point in the article, though we knew it before from another source: Elie Wiesel holds letters that Chouchanu/Shoshani wrote him! Under what name did Chouchani sign his letters? good question… It’s important to stress the fact that Elie Wiesel has always maintained that Chouchani’s real name was Mordehai Rosenbaum.

Note: this mention of these letters doesn’t appear in the Hebrew translation of the original article of Aderet in Hebrew, one can say that Chouchani was lost in translation :)


On Instruction and Knowledge

“Préférez mes instructions à l’argent, Et la science à l’or le plus précieux; Car la sagesse vaut mieux que les perles, Elle a plus de valeur que tous les objets de prix.” (Proverbes 8,10-11)

(קְחוּ מוּסָרִי וְאַל כָּסֶף וְדַעַת מֵחָרוּץ נִבְחָר. כִּי טוֹבָה חָכְמָה מִפְּנִינִים וְכָל חֲפָצִים לֹא יִשְׁווּ בָהּ” (משלי ח י-יא”

“Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
(Proverbs 8,10-11)

Emmanuel Levinas talks about his Master Monsieur Chouchani – an amazing Genius – Video in Italian

Video in Italian: Emmanuel Levinas talks about his Master Monsieur Chouchani – an amazing GeniusEmmanuel Levinas en Italien


Lévinas si sofferma inoltre sulla sua infanzia, segnata dall’ebraismo. Decisiva fu la personale scoperta del Talmud fatta sotto la guida di Chouchani, maestro di esegesi biblica. “Un uomo – ricorda Lévinas – che poteva attraversare un gran numero di idee, senza sentire l`obbligo di portarle a un esito conclusivo”.

New Interview of Elie Wiesel in New York

Elie Wiesel interviewed by Michael G - June 1st 2015

Elie Wiesel interviewed by Michael Grynszpan - June 1st 2015
Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Elie Wiesel and filmmaker Michael Grynszpan met in New York this week for an interview. They talked about Monsieur Chouchani [Shoshani] who was Elie Wiesel’s teacher for two years and let a huge impact on all his other disciples around the world.

Lecture about Monsieur Chouchani Mister Shoshani מר שושני

Chouchani: a Genius, a Bum, a Legend
chouchani question mark
If you are curious and eager to know more, you may be interested in a lecture about M. Chouchani in English, Hebrew or French. Feel free to contact us: contactfilm@chouchani.com
We have already been invited many times to give lectures and tell the story of this amazing unique character.
We then show exclusive video interviews and reveal concealed parts of the documentary movie we are working on.