Frontline: Season 3, Episode 18

Memory of the Camps (7 May 1985)

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In 1945, camera crews went with the American and British armies in the nazis death camps and filmed the horror they found there. A group of directors among whom was Alfred Hichcock ... See full summary »

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In 1945, camera crews went with the American and British armies in the nazis death camps and filmed the horror they found there. A group of directors among whom was Alfred Hichcock developed a script to present these horrors and be sure that people remember. Forty-eight years later it came out from the cave of the Imperial War Museum and was edited as forecast. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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This film was planned to be six reels, but the sixth reel - made by Soviet cinematographers filming the liberation of concentration camps near the Russian front - was taken back to the USSR in 1945 and not included in the 1985 release. See more »

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Narrator: The German people had embarked on that long, incredible journey that led seemingly out of chaos to unprecedented triumph. Promise after promise had been fulfilled. Austria 1938, Czechoslovakia 1938, Poland 1939, Norway, Denmark, and France in quick succession. A place in the sun at last. True, they had lost their trade unions and a lot of books had been burned, but it seemed a good sort of bargain, and one got to like being told what to do, having one's views prescribed, especially if it meant ...
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A masterpiece of visual imagery and narration
23 May 2005 | by (East Rockaway, NY) – See all my reviews

Although there have been many films documenting the Nazi atrocities and the horrors of the extermination camps, Memory of the Camps must rank at the top of this genre in effectively conveying the sense of unreality experienced by the Nazi's victims. While the visual record is preserved for posterity and has been incorporated in many tellings of these events, Trevor Howard's narration must be singled out as, perhaps, the major contributor in making this particular telling of the story the true masterpiece that it is. As has been noted, Howard's straightforward narration, devoid of emotional embellishment, conveys, almost matter-of-factly, the events that unfold, and it is through this underplay in tone in the telling of the story, that the true depths of the surreal horror seen on the screen, impinges upon the viewer. Although I saw this documentary several years ago, it is Howard's narration that sets this telling apart, and recalling it continues to send chills up my spine.


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