Berlin Hotel Denies anti-Israel Allegation Made by Shoah Director Lanzmann

The Jewish filmmaker claims a 5-star hotel has omitted Israel from its international dialing codes as requested by Arab guests.

Emil Salman

French Jewish filmmaker Claude Lanzmann claimed a five-star hotel in Berlin intentionally left Israel off a list of international dialing codes, a German newspaper reported on Thursday.

Lanzmann, the director of the Holocaust documentary "Shoah", told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that a hotel employee informed him the omission was requested by Arab guests.

German Interior Minister Frank Henkel urged the hotel to investigate Lanzmann's allegation.

The director of Hotel Bristol, Birgitt Ullerich, denied the accusations and told AP that only 34 countries were on the list and Israel's absence "was simply an oversight."

The hotel is part of the Kempinski group, which has its roots in a restaurant founded by German Jewish businessman Berthold Kempinski.