Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an influential English film director.
Hitchcock and wartime propaganda
The American film industry, argued to early has had a large Jewish influence, started to make numerous anti-German movies long before the war. See Allied psychological warfare: Hollywood.
In 1939, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and WWII started. Several of his fictional movies were covertly or overtly anti-German.
Hitchcock was persuaded by Sidney Bernstein, a Jewish media executive and wartime member of the British "Ministry of Information", to make British propaganda films. He made two short propaganda films, Bon Voyage (1944) and Aventure Malgache (1944), but they were viewed as disappointments and not generally seen until the 1990s.
Hitchcock also assisted on another Sidney Bernstein project, "F3080", which was the name given to a project to compile a propaganda film on claimed German atrocities. The project originated in February 1945 in the Psychological Warfare Division of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force). Hitchcock was recorded expressing his primary concern that "we should try to prevent people thinking that any of this was faked."
The film was initially given the name Memory of the Camps. The project was abandoned in September 1945 after a screening. It has more recently been "completed" and given the name German Concentration Camps Factual Survey.
One reason for the abandonment may have been the existence of other such propaganda movies, such as the American Death Mills, partly using the same footage. See Holocaust documentary evidence: Movies.
Other suggested reasons for the abandonment, aside from the possibility of it simply being viewed as a poor propaganda film after the screening, include British concern about the growing Zionist movement and the British military wanting better relations with Germans.
Leftist Wikipedia in its articles on Hitchcock and the film avoids mentioning that also mainstream historians now agree that the Western Holocaust camps, such as Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald, were much of the film takes place, were not extermination camps. See the article on the Western Holocaust camps.
See also the "External links" section on other criticisms of this film and Hitchcock's role.
Hitchcock and the Holocaust
- Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Alfred Hitchcock's First Horror Movie https://codoh.com/library/document/3195/?lang=en