Ian Buruma (b. December 28, 1951, the Hague) is an award-winning journalist, historian and writer, as well as a professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. Nephew of British filmmaker John Schlesinger, he was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied Chinese literature and Japanese cinema. In the 1980s, he worked as a journalist, and spent much of his early writing career traveling and reporting from all over Asia. Buruma now writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, most frequently for the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Corriere della Sera, and NRC Handelsblad. He is the author of more than a dozen books and also the recipient of Holland's prestigious Erasmus Prize.
Iulia Popovici is journalist and performing arts critic and curator based in Bucharest. She writes extensively on the politics of art and documentary practices in contemporary arts.
Filmed in 1975, but only edited and launched in 2013, ”The Last of the Unjust” focuses on Benjamin Murmelstein, the head-rabbi of Vienna before the beginning of World War II, who was subsequently deported to Theresienstadt and who, along with the head-rabbi of Berlin, Paul Eppstein, and that of Prague, Jacob Edelstein, was put in charge of the Jewish Council (Judenrat) in this “model” ghetto. Lanzmann interviewed Murmelstein in the 1970s in Rome, where the previous Jewish leader of Vienna was living in exile, being denied entrance to Israel, where he was considered persona non grata. Lanzmann is not afraid to build and define his character through the lens of his professed affection for him, an emotional reaction which arose spontaneously during the interview towards a man who, when confronted with a desperate and impossible situation, did what he thought was best in order to make life more bearable for the Jews in Theresienstadt, even though this had meant following Nazi orders. (Raluca Durbacă)