Room HG19, Hatchcroft Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened.
Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information's Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis' unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister, writer and future cabinet minister Richard Crossman and, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US governments, the film was shelved, and only now, 70 years on, has it been restored and completed by the Imperial War Museum.
This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the multi-award-winning and Oscar-nominated film 'The Act of Killing') tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein's project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies. Acclaimed by the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest jury, this deeply moving film "reveals the power of documentary and why it matters".
17.30 Reception (TBC)
18.30 Screening in HG19
19.50 Panel discussion
Chair Professor Brad Blitz, Deputy Dean of the School of Law and Professor of International Politics.
André Singer is a documentary producer and anthropologist. He is currently CEO of Spring Films Ltd of London and is President of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain. Having studied at Oxford University under Professor Sir E.E. Evans-Pritchard specialising in Iran and Afghanistan for his doctorate, he moved to television in the early 1970s as a researcher, then producer and director for the 'Disappearing World' series at Granada Television. He has been responsible in an executive or producer role for hundreds of documentary productions for cinema and television including the Oscar-nominated 'Prisoner of Paradise' (Malcolm Clarke); 'Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine' (Vikram Jayanti); and the International Critics Award film 'The Wild Blue Yonder' (Werner Herzog). He was also Executive Producer on the multi-award-winning documentaries by Joshua Oppenheimer The Act of Killing (2012) and 'The Look of Silence' (2014).
Gena Turgel was born in Kracow, Poland in 1923 and later incarcerated in three concentration camps, including Auschwitz where she survived a trip to the gas chamber and forced marches between the camps in temperatures that regularly plunged to minus 20C. She met her future husband Stanley among the troops that liberated Bergen-Belsen and was later known as the 'Bride of Belsen'. In 1995 she published an autobiography about her experiences, I Light a Candle.
Bernd Koschland, a local Hendon resident, was eight when he came to Britain on the Kindertransport, which saw a series of rescue efforts bringing thousands of refugee Jewish children to Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940.
Professor Kurt Barling joined Middlesex University in 2012. He has been a leading broadcaster for the BBC for 25 years having joined the service in 1989. He has covered stories all around the world and operated undercover and in war zones. He has made dozens of primetime documentaries and has won numerous industry awards for his journalism, film-making and writing. He has filmed with dozens of Holocaust survivors during his career and, as the son of a German father, has wrestled with the notions of guilt and remembrance since early childhood.
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