Helen Lewis was just a child when she found an old suitcase hidden in a cupboard at home. Inside it were the most horrifying photographs she’d event seen – a record of the atrocities committed at Bergen-Belsen. They belonged to her father, Mike, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who had filmed the camp’s liberation. Those first images of the Nazis’ crimes, shot by Mike Lewis and other like him, shocked the world.
The child of Jewish refugees, Mike had grown up in London’s East End and experienced anti-Semitism firsthand in the England of the 1930s. In The Dead Still Cry Out, his daughter uses photographs and film to reconstruct Mike’s early life and experience of the war, while exploring broader questions too: what it means to belong; how history and memory are shaped – and how anyone can deny the Holocaust in the face of such powerful evidence.
“This mesmerising account of a daughter’s quest to recreate her father’s life as a combat cameraman sharpens our focus on what it means to bear witness to the unprecedented horrors of the Holocaust and its imprint on human history.” – Mark Baker