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You have no idea how much historical footage was lost right after the war. Quote from [here](http://blog.longreads.com/2015/01/15/budd-leni/):
>The hunt for Nazi film footage took Schulberg back and forth across the country, with forays into France and Switzerland as well. Three times, informants led him to carefully hidden archives that had been secreted away as the Reich collapsed. One was in a granite quarry in the Soviet Zone outside Berlin that had to be entered through a tunnel several hundred yards long and had been used to store looted valuables. Emerging out of the tunnel into the open-air quarry, as Schulberg would later describe the scene, the unit was “confronted by one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen—burned film and charred film cans stretching for acres in every direction.” He estimated the loss at one million feet of film; the conflagration had been so explosive that film cans had supposedly been blown into a nearby village. The local burgomaster blamed the fire on “drunken Russian soldiers,” but Schulberg suspected “an inside job by the Germans.” Twice more the unit arrived at secret archives only to find smoldering ruins.