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January 1, 2015

New documentary film, entitled “Night Will Fall,” revolves around a British propaganda film

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:57 am

Update Jan. 26, 2015:

HBO will show the documentary film, entitled “Night Will Fall” on January 26, 2015 at 9 p.m. EST. This is a film about the making of a film. Note that this film will be shown at 6 p.m. in California.

You can read about the film at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/arts/television/night-will-fall-examines-the-making-of-a-1945-holocaust-documentary.html?_r=0

Alfred Hitchcock typing with one finger, back in the day when he worked on propaganda films

Alfred Hitchcock typing with one finger, back in the day when he worked on propaganda films

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

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The HBO documentary “Night Will Fall” is a movie about the Holocaust, a movie about remembering the Holocaust and primarily, at least in formal terms, a movie about a movie. It may not do full justice to all these subjects in its tight 78 minutes, but it’s not a film you’re likely to forget.

The most wrenching sequences in “Night Will Fall” are the scenes it incorporates from “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a movie begun under the auspices of the British government in 1945. Using film shot by Allied cameramen at camps including Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Dachau, and assembled by a team that included Alfred Hitchcock as a supervising director, “Factual Survey” was meant to be a historical document and a teaching tool; among the stated goals of the filmmakers was that it be shown to Germans to prove to them that the horrors of the camps were real.

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Continue reading my original post:

Before some of my readers get upset and accuse me of calling a British World War II film “propaganda,” let me assure you that I am not the one who used the term “propaganda” to describe a British documentary film.

America also had “propaganda” teams, staffed by Jews who had been trained at Camp Ritchie in America, who came into the liberated camps and told “propaganda” stories that were total lies.

I blogged about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/alfred-de-grazia-commanding-officer-of-the-psychological-warfare-propaganda-team-attached-to-headquarters-of-the-us-7th-army/

This quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

[The film] Night Will Fall revolves around the making of Sidney Bernstein and Alfred Hitchcock’s propaganda film, German Concentration Camps, commissioned in 1945 to show German audiences the atrocities committed in the name of Nazism, but never screened at the time. […]

Bernstein, who would go on to found UK TV station Granada, had experienced the camps first-hand, having visited them within days of their liberation as part of Britain’s propaganda unit.

Did the British really have something called a “propaganda unit”?  I had to look up the word “propaganda” to really understand the purpose of the “Britain’s propaganda unit.”

This definition of propaganda is from this website:

Propaganda is information, ideas, or rumors that are deliberately, and widely, spread to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, or other similar entity.

The word propaganda is usually used when describing official, government versions of events, where the implication is that the stories and information being given are distorted in such a manner as to conceal actual events, and to make you think in the way that the government wants you to think.

Propaganda is at its best when there is a war going on. Since WWI to the present time, propaganda has been used by the media to cheer their country on, sometimes through false hopes and lies. Often, during these periods, the government will leak out certain information of its choosing, and the media will report it, but not always in the way that it was given. In other words, propaganda is often used to misguide the public.

Photo of the children in Bergen-Belsen who came out to meet the British "liberators" of the camp

Photo of the children in Bergen-Belsen who came out to meet the British “liberators” of the camp

Notice the overweight woman in the back row in the photo above.  She was one of the healthy women at Bergen-Belsen, who did not have typhus.

Sign put up by the British warned visitors that there was a typhus epidemic in the camp

Sign put up by the British, after the camp was turned over to them, warned visitors that there was a typhus epidemic in the Bergen-Belsen camp

Irma Grese and Josef Kramer stayed behind to help the British, but they were arrested

Irma Grese and Josef Kramer stayed behind to help the British, but they were arrested (click to enlarge photo)

This quote is from the news article about the making of the film:

London-based film-maker André Singer spent the best part of two years studying gruesome images shot by allied troops as they liberated German concentration camps in 1945 for his documentary, Night Will Fall.

“It was the most appalling footage I’ve ever had to deal with in a pretty long career in film. You start off believing that you’ll get anaesthetised to it, but you don’t,” he says.

Night Will Fall revolves around the making of Sidney Bernstein and Alfred Hitchcock’s propaganda film, German Concentration Camps, commissioned in 1945 to show German audiences the atrocities committed in the name of Nazism, but never screened at the time.

“It was meant to show the German people the error of their ways, but events moved on and the project was shelved,” explains Singer. “In the period from the liberation of the camps in April 1945 through to the Nuremberg trials, the world was in chaos. It was an extraordinary time.”

So the British are now admitting that they made propaganda films about the concentration camps, including the Belsen camp that was voluntarily TURNED OVER TO THEM?

Bergen-Belsen was actually a very large camp which had 8 different sections.  You can read about the camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen00.html

This quote, from my website, is about section 6 where Anne Frank died:

6. Tent Camp (Zeltlager)

This camp was constructed at the beginning of August 1944. At first it was used as a transit camp for women’s transports arriving from Poland. In late October and early November 1944, around 3,000 women who had been evacuated from Auschwitz-Birkenau were housed in the tents because pre-fabricated barrack buildings which had been removed from the Plaszow camp near Cracow and transported to the Star Camp were not yet ready for them. According to Eberhard Kolb (Bergen-Belsen from 1943 to 1945) the Dutch Red Cross was told that the prisoners in this transport were “ill but potentially curable women” and because of this, they were the first to be evacuated from Auschwitz-Birkenau. These sick women, who had just completed a journey of several days in overcrowded railroad cattle cars now had to camp out in tents with no heat, no toilets, no lighting, no beds and only a thin layer of straw covering the bare ground.

Anne Frank and her sister Margot were transferred to Bergen-Belsen from Auschwitz in October 1944 and most likely were housed temporarily in the tent camp. Due to their condition of ill health, the prisoners in the tent camp were not forced to work.

Josef Kramer, the Camp Commandant, who had been in charge of the Belsen camp for only 6 months, was arrested on the day that the British arrived.  He had met the British at the gate into the camp and offered his help.  What a fool!  He should have escaped and gone to Argentina.

The photo below shows Josef Kramer after he was arrested.

Josef Kramer was arrested after he offered to help the British

Josef Kramer was arrested after he offered to help the British

 

 

17 Comments »

  1. Don’t forget to click the little “cc” button in the lower right hand corner of the You Tube screen for English subtitles of Ursula Haverbeck’s statement. On November 20th, 2014, Frau Haverbeck made history by laying criminal charges against the Central Council of the Jews in Germany, under S. 344 of German Penal Code with “False Prosecutions” perpetrated against innocent Germans concerning their “denial of the holocaust.” The crime of False Prosecution is punishable with up to 10 years imprisonment.

    Comment by who dares wings — January 2, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

  2. Ten books for Mr. D. Pierce to examine about Allied WWII propaganda relevant to the beginning of understanding how the Holocaust legend of Nazi homicidal gas chambers was created and continues to be sustained by motion picture film:
    1. Black Boomerang by Sefton Delmer
    2. A Personal History of WWII by W. Phillips Davison
    3. The Memory of Judgement : Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust By Lawrence Douglas
    4. Comes a Reckoning by Sir Bruce Lockart (head of the “black ops” unit within the British PWE (Political Warefare Executive) laised with the U.S. Army Dept. of Psychological Warfare SHAEF
    5.Black Propaganda in the Second World War by Stanley Newcourt-Nowsowski
    6. Guide to Yale University Library Holocaust Video Testimonies Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale U. 1994
    7. The Black Book by The Black Book Commitee (World Jewish Congress New York and Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, Moscow etc.) 1946
    8. Forged War Crimes Malign the German Nation by Udo Walendy
    9. Seeds of Destruction The truth About the U.S. Ocupation of Germany Cedric Belfrage
    10. AIr Photo Evidence by John Clive Ball

    Comment by who dares wings — January 2, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

  3. So the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp, one Josef Kramer decides to “help” the British troops !!! I wonder why ? Could it be he was trying to save his slimey sickening skin in a situation completely out of his control. A common enough practice for criminals all over the world when they are brought to justice. Perhaps he was in fact a genuinely benevolent nazi who was put in charge of this murder camp to right the wrongs of his predecessors and help the inmates back to full health with sausage and sauerkraut suppers.

    I will leave it you to decide which.

    Comment by D. Pearce — January 2, 2015 @ 6:08 am

    • Bergen-Belsen was set up as an EXCHANGE camp, not “a murder camp,” as you called it. Jews were sent to Belsen to be exchanged for German prisoners held in internment camps in America and in a dungeon in the UK.

      There were very few exchanges ever made, so the camp was turned into a concentration camp 6 months before it was voluntarily turned over to the British, because there was a typhus epidemic in the camp. Kramer was sent there to be the new commandant because he had experience in running a concentration camp, not because he was a “criminal.”

      Kramer had served in many of Germany’s large concentration camps during his 11 years of service in the system. In 1940, he was an adjutant to Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss for several months before he was transferred to the Natzweiler camp to become the Commandant there.

      After the war, Kramer admitted at the British Military Tribunal that he had murdered 80 prisoners, who were brought from Auschwitz, in a gas chamber in Natzweiler, so that their bodies could be used for research by Dr. August Hirtz at the University of Strasbourg.

      In May 1944, Kramer was transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he took over as the leader of the Birkenau camp just at the time that thousands of Jews from Hungary were being brought there to be gassed. In December 1944, when the Auschwitz Camp had to be evacuated because the Russian troops were advancing, Kramer was ordered to go to Bergen-Belsen. Many of the women on his staff at Auschwitz were transferred along with him, including the notorious Irma Grese (pronounced GRAY-suh). On December 2, 1944, he became the Commandant of Bergen-Belsen which was then officially designated a concentration camp (Koncentrationslager).

      On that date, there were 15,257 prisoners in the Belsen camp, of which 6,000 were exchange prisoners who were being held for possible trade for Germans detained by the Allies. Kramer’s first step in making Bergen-Belsen into a real concentration camp was to deny the exchange prisoners the special privileges to which they had been accustomed.

      Prior to Kramer taking over as Commandant, the Star Camp at Belsen had been self-administered with Jews being in charge of the day to day supervision of the camp. This was abolished and Kapos from the Prison Camp at Belsen were put in charge of the work details in the Belsen camp. The Kapos were inmates who assisted the guards; they reported to Chief Senior Prisoner Walter Hanke at Belsen.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 2, 2015 @ 8:07 am

      • Facinatiing reply and factually correct. What the facts you put forward do not show is that what the British troops found was 60000 inmates most of whom were starving.

        Your nazi pals were such a mis judged lot wernt they.

        Comment by D. Pearce — January 2, 2015 @ 8:56 am

        • How many DEAD inmates did the British find at Belsen when the camp was VOLUNTARILY TURNED OVER THE THEM? There were 30,000 live inmates who had just arrived at Belsen the week before; they had eaten up all the food in the camp. There were allegedly 30,000 DEAD inmates who had died in the typhus epidemic that was in progress; they were scattered over the grounds of the camp.

          How many Belsen inmates died because the British had bombed the camp and broken the water pump? The SS was trying to bring water into the camp by truck, but it was not enough.

          How many Belsen inmates died because the British started pumping water from a creek?

          Comment by furtherglory — January 2, 2015 @ 10:28 am

          • I’m sorry. You don’t starve in a week because some greedy newcomers turn up. The inmates were systematically deprived of food. Inhumane would be a kind interpretation of events. The reality is that just like in all other nazi concentration camps the regimes were brutal and murderous. Scum one and all.

            Comment by D. Pearce — January 2, 2015 @ 10:59 am

            • I have added some photos to help you to understand the situation at Belsen when the British arrived to take over the camp, as planned. The first photo shows an overweight woman, and some children, who went out to greet the British. They were healthy because they didn’t have typhus. Another photo, that I added, shows Josef Kramer and Irma Grese, who stayed behind to help the British, but they were arrested immediately. Why did they not expect to be arrested? Why didn’t they flee?

              Comment by furtherglory — January 2, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

            • How did the British treat German prisoners in World War II? You can read about it at http://theneworder.org/news/2012/10/how-britain-tortured-german-wwii-prisoners/

              I have been trying to find a website that tells about the Allied prisoners who were kept in a dungeon by the Briish — the British didn’t have “concentration camps” where the prisoners were treated well.

              Comment by furtherglory — January 2, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

        • Read the true story of Bergen-Belsen at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen07.html

          Comment by furtherglory — January 2, 2015 @ 10:32 am

  4. Bernstein & Hitchcock’s propaganda film “Memory of the Camps” can be watched here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/camp/view/

    Comment by hermie — January 1, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

  5. The guards who stayed behind to take care of the inmates after the Allied occupation were the GOOD ones. So THEY were the ones who got shot.
    There’s justice, injustice, and the inversion of justice, as here.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — January 1, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

  6. A remarkable new film by an elderly German lady who is not afraid.

    Comment by peter — January 1, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    • Am I mistaken or is she defending the Third Reich? While it is possible there was some misunderstanding about why the people died in concentration camps, even she agrees that conditions were bad. Also whether the people in the camps were treated poorly is secondary (at least in my mind) as to why the people were there in the first place. It was not JUST Jews in those camps, it was anyone who didn’t agree with Hitler, people who were mentally or physically disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pagans, Homosexuals…and the list goes on. So whether those camps were gassing people to death or not is really not the issue in my mind. It was the intolerance, the hatred that the German people (who followed Hitler’s path) felt for those people.

      Also what about the Ghetto’s where people where housed and killed. Is that all a fallacy too? How about the people who escaped and fought the German’s. Is all of that made up? Have you heard of the Bielski’s in Belorussia? Was all of that made up?

      I don’t understand why it makes any difference whether people were gassed or not. The fact remains that a lot of people were murdered because of one man and his general’s plans for world domination and hatred for anyone who didn’t fit into his master race plan.

      Comment by Sherry Pagan — January 8, 2015 @ 11:12 pm


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