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Raymond Klibansky: From Philosophy to Life

Raymond Klibansky: From Philosophy to Life

| 50 min

The filmmaker did not suspect that meeting a philosopher would have such a profound effect. It compelled her to shed light on the exceptional life of Raymond Klibansky, his uncommon destiny and his path to humanity. As a German Jewish philosopher of action, he lived in times of upheaval, war and hate. As a young man, he moved in the circles of Karl Jaspers, Erwin Panofsky, Marianne Weber, Ernst Cassirer and Albert Enstein. Early in his career, he made his mark as a historian of ideas and a philosopher, and his work was known around the world. Then came the Nazi lie, which he condemned and, better yet, fought. In the prime of his life, he was Chief Intelligence Officer in the British Secret Service during World War Two. He moved to Montreal in 1946, where he has continued to promote tolerance and fight for freedom on all fronts.

  • participation
    Raymond Klibansky
    Ethel Groffier
    Sonja Sutton-Steiniger
    Georges Leroux
    Rainer Maria Lepsius
    Nicholas Mann
    Jana Patockova
    Benoît Lacroix
  • director
    Anne-Marie Tougas
  • writer
    Anne-Marie Tougas
  • researcher
    Anne-Marie Tougas
  • camera
    Marc Gadoury
    James Gray
  • editing
    France Pilon
  • historical consultant
    Paul Perrier
  • sound
    André Boisvert
    Olivier Léger
  • sound editing
    Claude Langlois
  • assistant director
    Nicole Giguère
  • production manager
    Doris Lapierre
  • camera assistant
    Agnès Falquet
    Angela Freiberg
    Alie Gray
    Gilles Laliberté
  • stills photographer
    Alain Tremblay
  • additional sound
    Claude Hamel
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • archival research
    Françoise de La Cressonnière
    Anne-Marie Tougas
  • narration writer
    Marcel Beaulieu
  • narrator
    Claudia Besso
  • narration recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • contemporary music
    Nicolas Letarte
  • musician
    Francine Lupien-Bang
    Denise Lupien
    Pascale Beaudry
    Christopher Best
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • 2D computer graphics
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • narration translator
    Jody Freeman
  • subtitles
    Robert Gray
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Shelley Craig
  • production administrator
    Denise DesLauriers
    Colette Brodeur
  • production administration assistant
    Marie-Christine Guité
    Lise Lévesque
    Dany Delpy
    Josée Trudel
  • technical coordination
    Jean-François Laprise
    Richard Cliche
  • assistant to the producer
    Johanne Bergeron
    Christiane Germain
  • distribution officer
    Joanne Carrière
  • producer
    Yves Bisaillon


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Ages 15 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
History - World War II
History and Citizenship Education - Civil Rights and Freedoms

Raymond Klibansky (1905–2005) left behind a humanist philosophy imbued with peace, freedom and tolerance. A German Jew who fought against tyranny, he had the courage to act in the face of adversity. He was fond of saying that any effort, even small, can improve society. The teacher can organize a debate among students on the subject of tolerance: talk about what it takes to understand others, and the right to live life in one’s own way.

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