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    Default Alfred Hitchcock-advised documentary about Holocaust is saved

    Should be required viewing at every school.


    May 18, 2015

    It was meant to be an unblinking record of the 20th century’s greatest horror — but instead went unseen for 70 years.

    Until now.

    The bluntly named “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a harrowing view inside Nazi Germany’s Bergen-Belsen death camp, debuts Tuesday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City.

    The graphic 72-minute film — for which Alfred Hitchcock served as a technical adviser — was made over six weeks beginning in April 1945 as British forces liberated the camp.

    Producer Sidney Bernstein, who would go on to found Britain’s Granada Television in the 1950s and died in 1993, was assigned to make it by Britain’s Ministry of Information.

    “The cameramen were able to capture not just the horror but the essence of people whose lives had been decimated,” said Bernstein’s daughter, documentarian Jane Wells.

    The project was intended to be screened for German citizens and German prisoners of war who, it was feared, might doubt the truth and scope of the Nazis’ crimes.

    Bergen-Belsen was the first camp liberated in which victims were found alive. Though “Survey” includes footage from Auschwitz, Dachau and other camps — detailing with an unflinching gaze the remains of victims — it is Bergen-Belsen, nestled in a serene forest, it focuses on.

    Barely alive among corpses, filth and disease, the survivors’ first moments of salvation and recovery are unforgettable.

    “The victims were trying to restore their humanity,” said Wells, who worked for years helping to restore “Survey.”

    “That footage of survivors is crucial. It was also likely controversial at that time — women are shown naked, having their first hot shower in years, and what was filmed was very frank.”

    The film was near completion when a confluence of events — including the Allies’ desire to not alienate Germany as Europe’s geopolitics shifted — led British authorities to shelve it. It was moved to England’s Imperial War Museum, where it remained classified.

    Now the film has been painstakingly restored. Accompanying its petrifying images are narration and editing true to what was intended in 1945.

    Even the cumbersome title was maintained for authenticity.

    A recent documentary, “Night Will Fall,” which researched the loss of “Survey,” helped bring the original film to the attention of developer Bruce Ratner, who is also the chairman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

    “When you see townspeople looking over the bodies, and the reactions of the camp survivors being freed, it is so powerful,” Ratner said






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    Good. Should be shown.
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    Absolutely...I fear to see its contents - but I'd agree viewing is essential...It's all too easy to forget that this horror affected real human beings - any of whom could have been our relatives - and we all need reminding, so as to prevent it ever happening again.
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    I'm sure some people could still watch it and argue it never happened with a straight face...

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    I watched the "Night Will Fall" documentary about it, and it had some of the footage from the film in the documentary. It's just unbelievable what human beings can do to one another.
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    I remember my mom, made me watch holocaust documentaries when I was like 9 or 10.

    I never forgot what I saw and never took the topic lightly...

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    While the atrocities of the Nazi party are never to be taken lightly, and my family is half Jewish, look at what Stalin did. That mother fucker the was straight up nuts.

    May they both burn in hell with the rest of the third riech, communist fucktards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I'm sure some people could still watch it and argue it never happened with a straight face...
    And those people should be castrated while their families watch. Fucking idiots.

 

 

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