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Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.


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Narrator (voice)
Jasper Britton ...
Narrator for German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (voice)
Leonard Berney ...
Himself - Bergen-Belsen Liberator
George Leonard ...
Himself - Oxford Yeomanry
Josef Kramer ...
Himself - Commandant, Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (archiveFootage)
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch ...
Herself - Bergen-Belsen Survivor
Mike Lewis ...
Himself - Sergeant Ret. (archiveFootage)
William Lawrie ...
Himself - British Army Photographer (archiveSound)
Richard Dimbleby ...
Himself (archiveSound)
David Dimbleby ...
Himself - Radio Journalist
Raye Farr ...
Herself - Archive Director, Holocaust Museum Washington
Toby Haggith ...
Himself - Historian, Imperial War Museums
James William Illingworth ...
Himself - British Army Gunner (archiveFootage)
Alexander Voronstov ...
Himself - Soviet Cameraman (archiveFootage)
Matvey Gershman ...
Himself - Soviet Army Veteran
Herself - Auschwitz Survivor
Vera Kriegel ...
Herself - Auschwitz Survivor
Tomy Shacham ...
Himself - Auschwitz Survivor
Arthur Mainzer ...
Himself - U.S. Army Photographer
John Krish ...
Himself - Film Editor
Himself - US Army General (archiveFootage)
Peter Tanner ...
Himself - Film Editor (archiveFootage)
Menachem Rosensaft ...
Kay Gladstone ...
Himself - Imperial War Museums
Himself (archiveFootage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferencz. Benjamin ...
Himself - U.S. Soldier
Sidney Bernstein ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Himself (archiveFootage)
Malina Salinger ...
Herself - Bergen-Belsen Survivor

Directed by

Andre Singer ... (as André Singer)

Written by

Lynette Singer ... (writer)

Produced by

Sally Angel ... producer
Stephen Frears ... executive producer
Philippa Kowarsky ... co-producer
Richard Melman ... executive producer
James Packer ... executive producer
Brett Ratner ... producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen ... co-producer
Adam Turner ... associate producer

Music by

Nicholas Singer

Cinematography by

Richard Blanshard

Film Editing by

Arik Leibovitch ... (as Arik Lahav)
Steve Miller ... (as Stephen Miller)

Editorial Department

Perry Gibbs ... colorist
Zoe Perry ... researcher
Dorit Starik ... researcher

Production Management

Jack H. Degelia ... production supervisor

Sound Department

Aviv Aldema ... music editor / re-recording mixer / sound designer / supervising sound editor
Erez Eini-Shavit ... dialogue editor
Nin Hazan ... foley artist
Thomas Jæger ... re-recording mixer
Paul Paragon ... sound mixer
Idan Rawet ... sound effects editor
James Collopy ... dialogue editor (uncredited) / sound editor (uncredited) / sound effects editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Thomas 'Ape' Apel ... grip: Germany
Jerome Lauer ... grip: Germany
Adam Mendry ... steadicam operator: Poland
David Namir ... assistant camera: Israel
Rafal Wyzykowski ... focus puller: Poland

Music Department

Aviv Aldema ... music editor
Irit Asayas ... orchestra contractor
Udi Harpaz ... conductor / musical director
Nicholas Singer ... musician: solo cello and piano

Other crew

Pat Footer ... head of production
Stephen Frears ... directorial advisor
Oliver Keers ... researcher
Claire Kessie ... production assistant
Adam Turner ... associate producer

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Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

April 1945. In Germany, as World War II was drawing to a close and the Allied Forces were swarming into Berlin, groups of freshly-trained combat cameramen documented the gruesome scenes behind the recently-liberated Nazi concentration camps. Named "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey", the 1945 documentary for the British government was produced by Sidney Bernstein, with Alfred Hitchcock's participation. For nearly seven decades, the film was shelved in the British archives and was abandoned without a public screening--for either political reasons or shifted Government priorities--to be ultimately completed by a team of historians and film scholars of the British Imperial War Museum, who meticulously restored the original footage. Intertwined with interviews of both survivors and liberators, as well as short newsreel films and raw footage from the original film, the 2014 documentary chronicles the atrocities that occurred in the concentration and labour camps of Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz, Majdanek, Dachau and Buchenwald, also including footage from Soviet cameramen. Without shying away, the camera pans on the German SS officers, lingering on the bony, emaciated faces of the piled-up-like-dolls bodies of men and women who were mercilessly thrown into pits during the mass-grave digging operations. However--even though the film documents a world of nightmare, exposing the undeniable truth of what has been going on within these camps--it also focuses on the healing process of the completely dehumanised survivors, in an attempt not only to serve as a testimony of the Nazi crimes, but also as an important lesson for all mankind. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines When allied troops liberated the concentration camps, their cameras ensured we would never forget See more »
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Also Known As
  • Holocaust: Night Will Fall (United Kingdom)
  • Images de la libération des camps (France)
  • Cuando caiga la noche (Spain)
  • Møtet med dødsleirene (Norway)
  • Наступит ночь (Russia)
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  • 75 min
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Trivia The first Channel 4 documentary to avoid using any advertisements. See more »
Movie Connections Features Death Mills (1945). See more »
Quotes Narrator for German Concentration Camps Factual Survey: Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall... but by God's grace, we who live will learn.
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