also spelled "Shoah" and "Sho'ah", Hebrew for "Destruction."
A term used to refer to the Holocaust, particularly by Jewish scholars who feel that "Holocaust" has lost much of its significance through overuse. .
The term "Shoah" is also the name of a 9-hour documentary completed by Claude Lanzmann in 1985. The film, unlike most historical documentaries, does not feature reenactments or historical photos; instead it consists of interviews with people who were involved in various ways in the Holocaust, and visits to different places they discuss.