Unseen Hitchcock documentary to be released

The documentary on the Holocaust was suppressed for political reasons.

An unseen Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Holocaust which was suppressed for political reasons will be released later this year. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - An unseen Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Holocaust will be released later this year.

The Imperial War Museum has revived Hitchcock's abandoned 1945 documentary showing the horrors of the German concentration camps

According to the _ Independent_, the footage was suppressed for political reasons.

Hitchcock was enlisted by his friend and patron Sidney Bernstein in 1945 to help with a documentary on German wartime atrocities, based on the footage of the camps shot by British and Soviet film units.

Dr Toby Haggith, senior curator at the Department of Research for the Imperial War Museum, says the footage was intended to get the German people to accept responsibility for the atrocities committed.

In the 1980s, the footage was discovered in a rusty can in the museum by an American researcher.

It was eventually shown in an incomplete version at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and then broadcast on American PBS in 1985 under the title Memory of the Camps but in poor quality and without the missing sixth reel.

The museum has used digital technology to restore the original five reels and piece together the remainder of the missing sixth reel.