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Alfred Hitchcock - Alfred Hitchcock's Lost Holocaust Documentary To Air
http://www.wdef.com ^ | Wednesday 08 January 2014 | WENN

Posted on 01/08/2014 4:35:51 PM PST by BBell

Alfred Hitchcock's lost documentary about the horrors of the Holocaust is scheduled to be screened in full for the first time.

The legendary moviemaker created the documentary using footage filmed during the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in 1945, and Hitchcock was reportedly so traumatized by the shocking scenes, he took a week off work to recover.

The project, originally titled Memory of the Camps, was eventually shelved, and the film reels were given to the Imperial War Museum in London.

Some of the documentary was later cobbled back together and an incomplete version was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany in 1984 and broadcast on U.S. TV a year later.

Memory of the Camps has now been revived and completed with the addition of a previously missing roll of film as part of a 2015 project to mark the 70th anniversary of occupied Europe's liberation following the Second World War.

The movie will air in Britain in 2015, along with a documentary about the restoration called Night Will Fall, which will also be shown at film festivals and in cinemas.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: alfredhitchcock; bergenbelsen; deathcamps; germany; hitch; hitchcock; holocaust; theholocaust; unitedkingdom; worldwareleven
I remember watching this back in 1985. It is the most disturbing documentary about the concentration camps I have ever seen. For years I tried to find it again but I could not. Now I know why.
1 posted on 01/08/2014 4:35:51 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell
There is a longer article here Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened but you can not post independent.co.uk here.

Interesting comments at the bottom from the holocaust deniers.

2 posted on 01/08/2014 4:37:38 PM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

Thatnks for posting.


3 posted on 01/08/2014 4:40:00 PM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: BBell

Hitchcock was an odd ball but he sure knew how to make a movie.


4 posted on 01/08/2014 4:41:01 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: BBell

Fresh out of college I subbed for a history teacher. I watched the 1st hour of this (pretty sure it is the same one) 5 times in one day. I was just numb by end of the day.


5 posted on 01/08/2014 4:41:36 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: BBell
I remember watching this back in 1985. It is the most disturbing documentary about the concentration camps I have ever seen. For years I tried to find it again but I could not. Now I know why.

I'm in the same camp. That documentary - as incomplete as it was - made my dad cry.

One of the hardest things to realize is that Bergen-Belsen was a mere "concentration camp" that held political prisoners as well as Jews, Gypsies, and others the Nazis hatted. In terms of volumes of dead, it was very small as compared to the "extermination camps" dedicated to killing.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, Blzec, Chelmo, Treblinka, Maly Trostinets - all conveniently set up OUTSIDE Germany (mostly Poland) was where was systematic murder in mega-death numbers took place.

6 posted on 01/08/2014 4:43:29 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: BBell

I too recall watching this and concur with your assessment. All of the deniers should watch this.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 4:45:00 PM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: BBell
It is the most disturbing documentary about the concentration camps I have ever seen.

Brought to you by the NAZI party. The National Socialist Workers Party

8 posted on 01/08/2014 4:46:40 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: BBell; fungoking

I’ve never heard about this. How fascinating. I hope this doesn’t sound crass, but why is the footage in this film more disturbing than so much of the disturbing video that’s been shown?

Also, with regard to the narration, why would they change the original Trevor Howard to a “contemporary actor”?


9 posted on 01/08/2014 4:48:47 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: BBell
I've never seen any footage. I'm waiting, almost holding my breath, to view it.

FMCDH(BITS)

10 posted on 01/08/2014 4:53:04 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: BBell

bfl


11 posted on 01/08/2014 4:53:44 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: workerbee

To me the worse part was the seemingly endless dragging of bodies to mass graves, bulldozers pushing piles of bodies into pits; just seems to go on and on.

Trevor Howard’s understated narration really added to the effect.


12 posted on 01/08/2014 5:46:29 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: workerbee
The way it was shot for one. This is footage taken immediately after the camp was discovered. I remember the guards at the camp being forced to clean up the bodies. One guard was walking along dragging a corpse that was more of a skeleton then a human body. There is no editing out any of the most vile scenes.

In regard to the narration, when I watched it it was shown in full, non-stop. At the beginning it was announced that the original audio was not complete but that the documentary would be played like it was, with the audio coming on and off frequently.

It's been almost 30 years since I watched it but if I remember correctly there were some scenes where bodies parts were coming detached from the corpses as they were being moved.

13 posted on 01/08/2014 5:50:19 PM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

They say it was brilliant filmmaking


14 posted on 01/08/2014 5:51:54 PM PST by woofie
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To: fungoking

I’d forgotten about the bulldozers. Truly disturbing.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 5:53:57 PM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

Thank you for this link...

Reading through the comments, I found this...

http://www.documentarytube.com/an-alfred-hitchcock-documentary-on-the-nazi-holocaust

It looks like it’s the original...


16 posted on 01/08/2014 5:55:44 PM PST by bfh333 ("Hope"... "Change"... You better HOPE you have some CHANGE after the next 4 years!)
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To: bfh333; nothingnew; workerbee; fungoking

That is it! thanks for posting.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 6:00:50 PM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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18 posted on 01/08/2014 6:01:37 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: BBell

My local PBS affiliate showed it most years from 1985 - 2003 or so. Every April. I always forced myself to watch it. To somehow honor the victims, I suppose.

It always ended abruptly due to the missing reel.


19 posted on 01/08/2014 6:07:35 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: BBell

Western Europe was freed from occupation in 1945 but Eastern Europe had to wait another 45 years or so until they were liberated.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 6:10:56 PM PST by xp38
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To: Yossarian

Ann Frank died in Belsen.


21 posted on 01/08/2014 7:15:45 PM PST by Luke21
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To: workerbee
Also, with regard to the narration, why would they change the original Trevor Howard to a “contemporary actor”?

It may have to do with England's copyright laws and things lapsing into the public domain. By establishing a new audio track, they can assert a new copyright.

22 posted on 01/09/2014 5:14:46 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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Thanks BBell.


23 posted on 01/09/2014 5:54:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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