German Concentration Camp Survey Film DVD cover

On 17 April 2017 the BFI released German Concentration Camps Factual Survey in a Dual Format Edition to coincide with the liberation of Bergen-Belsen on 15 April 1945.

This lost masterpiece of British documentary filmmaking recorded the horrors that were discovered in the German concentration camps upon liberation and has never been released on Blu-ray or DVD before. Restored and completed by IWM, it is presented in a Special Archival Edition with newly-created contextualising special features and archival interviews with liberated prisoners, SS guards and British soldiers.

Special features

  • New restoration by IWM (Imperial War Museums) which was recognised with a Special Award at the FOCAL International Awards 2015.
  • Presented with both an optional contextualising Intro and Outro
  • Panel Discussion at the BFI Southbank (2015, 42 mins): restoration director Dr Toby Haggith (IWM) is joined on-stage by a panel of experts to discuss the film
  • Audio commentary with Dr Toby Haggith and BFI senior curator Patrick Russell
  • Vox Pops Compilation (2015, 6 mins): cinema-goers reflect after a screening at BFI Southbank
  • Statement from Ludwig Weill at Fort Breendonk (1944, 3 mins): archival statement with a liberated prisoner
  • Statements at Bergen-Belsen (1945, 18 mins): statements from SS guards, freed prisoners and members of the British Army
  • Interviews at Dachau (1945, 38 mins): archival interviews with recently liberated prisoners
  • Testimony from Dr Petr Zenkl (1945, 13 mins): archival testimony from the Czech politician who was imprisoned at Dachau and Buchenwald
  • Archival soundtrack – alternative soundtrack which features only the narration and the original synch-sound
  • 80-page perfect-bound book with comprehensive essays on the making of the film and its restoration, and full film credits