Night Will Fall is a 2014 documentary that originated in 1945 as German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. Political concerns and the length of time that filmmaker Sidney Berstein took to get the original to completion, meant it languished incomplete until The Imperial War Museum resurrected the project in 2008; the footage and script had been with them since 1952.
The film begins with the liberation of the Bergen-Belson concentration camp. Josef Kramer, the camp commander and camp guards are taken prisoner. The footage is by military cameramen who had just been assigned to record the Allies as they began the final march into Germany. The film shows original clips of horrors that cannot be unseen. This is not a film for the squeamish or sensitive but it serves as undeniable evidence of the Holocaust and a warning to the world.
There is the film shot by the Russian Military, originally rejected as propaganda, as their forces find Auchwitz and Majdanek camps in Poland. The same atrocities are revealed. Piles of bodies, walking skeletons and smoking crematoria.
Interviews with Russian and Allied Liberators and survivors of the camps all reveal the inhumanity and the reality of hell. Many years later, they struggle to speak about what they saw.
The concern is that we will forget. Bigotry and smug complacency haven't disappeared. Atrocities happen today and we seem not to have learned.
“Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall.”
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.