To mark the end of our survey Organised Killing: 100 Years of War & Genocide, we present a one night screening of Alain Resnais' jarring Holocaust documentary Night & Fog (1955), introduced by historian Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum, London.
François Truffaut called Night & Fog "the most noble and necessary film ever made." In a half hour that changed modern consciousness, Resnais's jarring documentary shows the atrocities of concentration camps.
Made in 1955, only ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, Night & Fog reflects on the rise of Nazi ideology and the harrowing lives of the camp prisoners, interweaving Resnais' haunting images of the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek with wartime footage, documents and photographs found in German, Polish and French archives.
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Toby Haggith is a historian and Senior Curator at IWM, where he mainly works with the film collection. He has a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick and has published various essays on film and history. He is the co-editor with Dr Joanna Newman of Holocaust and the Moving Image: Film and Television Representations Since 1933 (London: 2005). He was closely involved with the IWM’s restoration and completion of the British official film German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (1945/2014).