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German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (restored)

Bernstein, Sidney

2017, April 17

German Concentration Camps DFE_Reissue

This is an exceedingly rare film that is barely known!

From the Imperial War Museum:

On 29 September 1945, the incomplete rough-cut of a disturbing yet compelling documentary revealing the horrors of the German concentration camps was screened at the Ministry of Information in London. For five months, Sidney Bernstein led a small team – which included Stewart McAllister, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock – to complete the film from hours of footage.

Unfortunately, this ambitious Allied project to create a feature-length visual report that would damn the Nazi regime had missed its moment, and was left unfinished and shelved. Even in its incomplete form, the film was immensely powerful, generating a shocked silence among audiences. But now, complete to six reels, this faithfully restored and definitive version has been produced by Imperial War Museums with a newly recorded narration by actor Jasper Britton.

Where to Find Resource Online

Where to buy your own copy of the DVD (it appears that no DVDs were released in the US/North American DVD format — only for the UK/Europe):

     Imperial War Museum (UK)

Greater Context

The Imperial War Museum in the UK has a really good page on this documentary, its history and restoration. Check out their website:

     German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (1945/2014)

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