Archive for February 19, 2014

Hitchcock’s Holocaust Documentary

During World War Two many famous film directors lile Billy Wilder, William Wyler, John Ford and John Huston were recruited to make wartime movies to help the Allied cause. One who was also recruited was Alfred Hitchcock. He made two short films primarily directed at a French audience about the French Resistance. But what is little known is that he worked on a film titled Memory of the Camps which was about the liberation of a concentration camp. Hitchcock was shocked by the footage and it is reported that he did not come in to his film studio for days afterward. The documentary is being restored and expected to be released in early 2015 according to the Imperial War Museum.

Sinsheim Museum

Anyone fascinated by the history of transportation as I am should plan a visit to the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany. If you are unable to travel to Germany visit the great website that they have designed. The Museum has an extraordinary collection of technical exhibits which include a Concorde, a Mercedes-Benz 770K Cabriolet as well as a huge collection of trains. My own personal favorites (if forced to choose) are the Junkers JU-87(of which there are only two other examples in museums elsewhere in the world) and the famous Crocodile Locomotive from the Swiss Federal Railways.