A Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi regime will finally make its public debut.
The film, originally titled “Memory of the Camps,” will air in its entirety for the first time ever, 70 years after the late master filmmaker originally composed the project.
The movie was a co-initiative of Hitchcock and director Sidney Bernstein—a commission from the British Ministry of Information that used real footage from World War II to shed light on Nazi atrocities. It was shelved in 1945 by the British government, which cited political sensitivity as reason.
The film was later recovered in the 80’s, after it was found by an American researcher, and snippets have aired on various news outlets. The documentary was contained on six reels, five of which have been in the possession of the Imperial War Museum.
“It was suppressed because of the changing political situation, particularly for the British,” Dr. Toby Haggith, senior curator at the Imperial War Museum, told the Independent.
“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.”
It will now air in full on British television next year, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The film has been restored by experts, and will air under a new title.