Alfred Hitchcock is rightfully known as the greatest master of film horror suspense, but in 1945 he was confronted with images of horror much greater than could ever have come from his imagination.
In 1945, Hitchcock had been enlisted by his friend and patron Sidney Bernstein to help with a documentary on German wartime atrocities, based on the footage of the camps shot by British and Soviet film units. In the event, that documentary was never seen.
The great director was apparently so shocked by the footage taken in the liberated death camps at Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and Auschwitz that he was unable to work for a period of time.
Hitchcock's finished documentary was deemed to be too shocking by the British authorities, so it was never shown in entirety - until now:
Inzwischen hat das Museum den Film komplett digital überarbeiten lassen, der alte Titel "Memory of the Camps" soll geändert werden. Er sei wesentlich ungestellter als jede andere Dokumentation über die Konzentrationslager, sagte der Leiter der Rechercheabteilung des Museums, Toby Haggith, dem "Independent". Im kommenden Jahr soll die Dokumentation auf Filmfestivals, Kinos und im britischen TV komplett gezeigt werden.
Here is a 53-minute YouTube excerpt which is worth watching in its entirety. The voice of the British narrator is dripping with furious sarcasm as he insists - on more than one occasion - that the existence of these death camps was known everbody.