LONDON – A never-before-seen documentary about the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, produced by the legendary British director Alfred Hitchcock, will be showcased to the public, The Independent reports.
The film, which was restored by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London, never released the documentary, because of the changed political climate after World War II, according to museum curator Tony Abubacker.
“The Americans and the British wanted to show the movie to the German population to make them aware of their responsibilities for the horror they caused in the camps,” Abubacker said. “But the Assembly of the film, made of pieces of film shot by British and Soviet troops, took longer than anticipated and by the end of 1945 the allies decided that a post-war reconstruction would not benefit them by pointing out to the Germans what they had done.”
Hitchcock, one of the best film directors ever, was asked by his friend Sidney Bernstein to help with the making of the film. However, he was so shocked by the base material, especially the portions filmed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, that he stayed away from the project for a week.
Five of the six film reels were first rediscovered in the 1980s and an incomplete Hitchcock version was shown at the Berlin Film festival in 1984. That version was also aired by America’s Public Broadcasting Service under the title “Memory of the Camps“.
The IWM used digital technology to restore the version of Hitchcock and also found material of the missing sixth reel. The documentary will be screened at festivals and in cinemas this year and on British television next year.
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