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Watch Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary Suppressed by the British

Screen shot from the original Hitchcock documentary.

Screen shot from the original Hitchcock documentary.

When the great film director Alfred Hitchcock first saw the footage of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, he couldn’t work for a week. No stranger to the subject of murder and horror, he nevertheless was shocked and appalled by “the real thing,” the Independent reports.

In 1945, Hitchcock was recruited by his friend Sidney Bernstein to help with a documentary on German wartime atrocities, based on the footage of the camps shot by British and Soviet film units. That documentary has never been seen in full.

Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at the Department of Research at the Imperial War Museum, told the Independent the allies didn’t have the patience to wait for the great director’s film, having launched an urgent campaign of denazification in Germany.

“Once they discovered the camps, the Americans and British were keen to release a film very quickly that would show the camps and get the German people to accept their responsibility for the atrocities that were there,” Dr Haggith said.

By the time Hitchcock’s film was finished, the allies’ political needs had changed once again. They no longer sought to rebuke the Germans for the nasty things they had wrought on humanity. It was time for reconstruction and revival of the old industrious German spirit – no time for new, eloquent recriminations.

Five of the film’s six reels were deposited in the Imperial War Museum and the project was shelved.

In the 1980s, the film was discovered in its rusty cans in the museum by an American researcher and an incomplete version of it was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and then on PBS in 1985, under the title “Memory of the Camps.” This abridged version suffered from poor quality and, of course, didn’t include the missing sixth reel.

The original narration, possibly written by Labor Cabinet Minister Richard Crossman and Australian journalist Colin Wills, was read by actor Trevor Howard.

Now, at last, the film is set to be seen the way Hitchcock, Bernstein and the other collaborators intended. The Imperial War Museum has painstakingly restored it using digital technology, piecing together the extra material from the missing sixth reel.

The film will be shown throughout 2014 in festivals, and on British TV in early 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Europe.


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82 Responses to “Watch Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary Suppressed by the British”

  1. ITS PURE UNHUMAN TREATMENT BY THE GERMANS

  2. looking forward to seeing it

  3. I am completing a new book THE HOLOCAUST AS SEEN THROUGH FILM FOR TEACHERS and this will be included. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  4. Leo Erwin says:

    IT IS ALL SO LOVELY TO SAY….JEWS ONLY PERISHED…WELL THEY WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES…AND THIS FILM IS QUITE AWARE OF THAT…ALL ,ALL NEED TO BE REMEMBERED…..AND NONE OF THIS HALF THINKING….OF ONLY JEWS THAT WERE KILLED…..AND THE GYPSIE AND HOMOSEXUALS AND LESBIANS AND CRIPPLED AND SICK AND AND AND…….REMEMBER THEM ALL…..

  5. Leo Erwin says:

    WAS A GOOD DOCUMENT…..BUT I DON’T BELIEVE IT WAS SUPPRESSED BY THE BRITS……..

  6. Judy Evans says:

    My own family barely got out of Poland to escape the pogroms prior to WW1. They got to the Southern Coast of France, then from there to America. Joseph Wiesner can be assured, the nazi perpetrators are cursed for eternity. Hitler should have read the book of Obadiah. What is done to the Jews, is what will be done to the perpetrators of the atrocities of the attempted extermination of a whole race of people.

  7. Judy Evans says:

    Oh, Mr. Wiesner. I'm so sorry your Mom was murdered. You can be assured the perpetrators of the atrocities of Bergen-Belsen ARE cursed for eternity. My own family escaped from Poland.

  8. Anne Delauney Muhm says:

    how nice to be racist, people are aware what happened but this is not the place to push your anti-jew racism

  9. Cody Flecker says:

    Germany hardly suffered when visiting Germany today. The main issue about Germany is not so much of the killing of so many Jews and others, but why the world as a whole did nothing to save the Jews, and the rest of the people who perished. Why didn't the Jews in America do more for their fellow Jews? That is the real crime here, not the killing of 6 million Jews in the Concentration Camps.

  10. AS A JEW THIS WAS MOST SHOCKING

  11. Alan Kardon says:

    What did you do or would you have done?

  12. The main issue is still the singling out of a group of people and the subsequent stripping of their rights, including their rights to live. To blame Jews for it is a bit twisted. Besides, Jewish men enlisted in allied countries to fight the nazis and Jewish women served the war efforts like any other women did. Not to mention, most Jewish people in the states didn't get here until after the war. Don't blame the victims for the atrocities. And while we're at it, the Germans lost over 9 million for their support of evil and many of them were civilians which includes mothers and children, and while we can say they deserved it for their support of the nazis, it's best to be careful to wish judgement on others. Each person deserves to be judged by their individual actions. Blanketing blame on entire groups of people is sort of how the whole mess started. But to blame it on Jews? Crazy.

  13. Some of those American Eugenicists that were contributors to this movement had Jewish surnames!

  14. As a human this is most shocking. Until now, I thought Psycho was Hitchcock's most disturbing film. Such films should be mandatory viewing in all schools, including the portions showing the rise of fascist states.

  15. Sam Gilon says:

    Hans Frank, the omnipotent murderous ruler of Poland during WW2 said during the Nurenberg Trial: " A thousand years will go by and Germany's guilt will not be erased". Seems we've let the Germans off the hook too early…

  16. Luis Lalama says:

    no need to be Jewish to find this shocking, it was inhumane

  17. Ethan Perks says:

    Cody; It's human nature. And an old story. Us vs them. You can get "us" to do anything to "them". Alan and Thomas make the standard 'it's the victims fault'. Unfortunately that's also an old story. And 'Roasted'. Most Jews trace our ancestry to pre WW 1. And total German losses for WW 2 were no more than 1/2 the # you quote.

  18. Anne Delauney Muhm People who say forget to recognize the significance of the other mass murders. The decision was made by Nazi science that the Roma too warranted gas chamber treatment for the benefit of the planet. What was their evil? An alleged genetic propensity to petty theft, homelessness, & prostitution, assuredly false. Assume, however, that it was true. Who kills petty thieves, homeless persons, & prostitutes? JACK THE RIPPER types, that's who. At their best, the Nazi's were little more than a bunch of JACK THE RIPPERS. To see Leo Erwin at his best, read how someone like him appears to have cleaned up the neighborhood http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/teenager-charged-with-the-alleged-murder-of-homeless-man-wayne-mousey-perry/story-fni0fee2-1226796176751

  19. Not only that the Germans tormented tortured and murdered us
    the British suppressed evidences
    closed the gates to our homeland and finally do all they could
    to hinder us site and support our enemies.

    What a lovely people, my best wishes goes out to them…
    <3

  20. In the end, the problem is the celebration or denigration of historical acts. Germany routinely denigrates the Shoah today; many friends are German & a visit there was fabulous. The question for me is why so many celebrate this thing, either directly or by implication.

  21. Ethan, your numbers only seem to account for soldiers that died, not civilians. Anybody that dies in a war either in fighting or the famines that follow are victims of that war. And even if most Jews came here before WW1, you can't say they sat back and did nothing. And even if some eugenicists did have Jewish names, Thomas, you can't pin the nazi movement on Jewish people…some eugenicists got into the field to prevent genetic diseases, not to rid the world of people they found undesirable. In your attempts to be right and to prove everybody else wrong, what have you proven other than your desires to judge the whole by the few? One by one by one. I hope white europeans aren't ever judged by the actions of other white europeans…as much evil as you guys want to pin on the Jews, we've got another thing coming if that same blanket is cast over europeans. Be careful what you ask for.

  22. Mr Wiesner the living GOD of Israel will. Vengeance is mine says the Lord and those responsible for your mom death will be dealt with. Be at peace.

  23. "I will curse those that curse you" and "bless those that bless you". and GOD is not a man that he should lie. They will be punished.

  24. Sure there were others besides Jews, and we do remembers them, however the fact still remains almost a whole Jewish race was exterminated.

  25. Is it only me that gets a bit angry when I hear how many DIED in the holocaust? They were MURDERED. It's not just semantics.

  26. Germany suffered. The Russians made sure of that. The West was more lenient. the US paid to rebuild Germany. it may not show it but i tell you the truth the blood of the martyrs is still there, they know it and they will never get rid of it.

  27. All of Europe is GUILTY some more than others. Denmark is the only country i recently learned that refused to help the round up of Jewish people. They were warned by the King to get out and people there helped them, hid them, took them by fishing boats to Switzerland. England is already paying for what they did to the Jewish people. so is France and others. They are being overtaken by Arabs. Their fate only GOD Knows!

  28. The brits denied any guilt in the Irish Famine also and anyone who knows history knows they created the environment for it.

  29. Myriam Obadia says:

    you are absolutely right.

  30. Not to Switzerland but to Sweden, of course.

  31. Joni Abrams says:

    I am speachless after seeing the horror of the depravity human beings can become. Could history repeat itself and come here to America. We are loosing our rights in this country just like the people lost their rights in Natzi Germany. the way you kill a frog is to put him in a pan of warm water and gradually turn up the heat until he is dead. Wake up America.

  32. And Israel must live

  33. my Father served Hitler as a captain in his airforce. when the war was over he immigrated here LEGALLY. became a citizen and just before he died a few years back he told me that this 'obamaperson' is Hitler with tan. I tend to agree with him and believe him since he lived under Hitlers reign.

  34. Where is my comment? Michael Lerman, Ph/D., M.D.

  35. The Holocaust was done by the Germans with the help of the rest of Europeans, except the people of Albania, Bulgaria, and Finland. Michael Lerman, Ph.D., M.D,

  36. Kathryn Simmons Hickinbotham says:

    Lest we forget, ignore or disbelieve.

  37. I just found out this winter that the japanes had jewish people in camps in Japan.

  38. Where to watch/What Net-works?/Dates/Times?

  39. Ramona Urban says:

    We, at the time, Did Not Know. But they are Our Neighbors.. “Love Your Neighbors. Like You would LOVE YOUR SELF !” We are also at fault.

  40. Susan Niven says:

    and the USA-We took our time getting there. Fortunately we were attacked by Japan which forced us to enter the war and help put an end to the atrocities.

  41. John Brodber says:

    NO WORDS..JUST VERY SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. This film was a link in the current Grecophone news of the Athens Jewish Community, a stunning find in stark "living" "black and white granular film, at times utterly silent, produced by the master, Alfred Hitchcock. The inhumanity of our species is demonstrated in the callous disregard for life, the Nazi killing machine eliminating those it considered subhuman sickeningly effectively, Six Million of Jews, including one and a half million children! And there are people who have the gall to deny this historic fact? For shame! Prof. Asher J. Matathias, Woodmere, NY

  43. David Boone says:

    Who can stand to watch this film without becoming depressed? I made myself watch the film and now it just leaves me shaking my head. Why did this happen?

  44. I recall seeing just a piece of it in color, i believe. it made me so ill and beyond horrified. pure evil.

  45. Mark Sanborn says:

    I knew of a family that survived the camps. The most horrific era of modern time I lift my voice with the cry of every civilized human Never AGAIN!!!!!!!! Never!

  46. David Boone, in answer to your question "why did this happen?" the absolute best explanation I have ever seen is in a book called The Ominous Parallels.

  47. This must be remembered in future generations ,never to be repeated ever again.

  48. Uzi Zehavi says:

    not once in this all movie the word jew was mentioned!!! why?? not once!!!!
    Why??

  49. Never , be watchful because their planning for the same here.

  50. all must what this what the Germen did to these people , as most of those who went through us have all most have die . Least we forgot that this did take place ,shows what man will do to man . But this will take place again Matthew 24 :21-22 , Just before Christ returns to this earth

  51. David Boone says:

    Thank you Janice. I will check it out.

  52. Julie Ann Hoag says:

    Christians were also murdered.
    It became a free for killing machine.
    I really don't think Leo was being racist.
    I'm married to a Jew. The Holocaust is our lives.

    And there are holocaust going on now in different place.
    My people were also murdered. Millions…. The trail of tears will enlighten you on this American Holocaust.

  53. Daniele Moseley There were some of us who did not agree with Hitler and his murdering bunch, my family put their lives on the line to harbor and save some of the Jewish people.For them the war was no picnic either, but am truly sorry that so many of your kinsmen suffered so cruelly at the hands of a dictator. One thought though, would the state of Israel have been established if this had not happened? so something good came out of it, and I love reading Amos chapter 9 verse 14-15 "
    And I will return the captivity of my people and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereoff, and no one shall pluck them out of the land again." condensed. G-d bless and may He heall all your hurts and sorrows.

  54. Laurel Hobbs says:

    Everybody should watch this!

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