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August 1, 2022

The U.S. and the Holocaust

Exploring America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history.
Coming this Fall to WQPT PBS.

 

Featured Image of Holocaust Survivors
Featured Image of Holocaust Survivors
Featured Image of Holocaust Survivors
Featured Image of Holocaust Survivors
Featured Image of Holocaust Survivors
Featured Image of Holocaust Survivors

 

The U.S. and the Holocaust The U.S. and the Holocaust

 

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is a three-part, six hour series directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge.

A tragedy for the world—a reckoning for our nation. The U.S. and the Holocaust examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, immigration and eugenics in the United States, and race laws in the American south.

Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.

"Exclusion of people, and shutting them out, has been as American as apple pie." The documentary examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, immigration and eugenics in the United States, and race laws in the American south.

"We're challenged to think of what we would have done, what we could have done, what we should have done." The U.S. and the Holocaust examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, immigration and eugenics in the United States, and race laws in the American south.

Hear powerful stories and testimonies from survivors like Susan Warsinger (née Hilsenrath) in the The U.S. and the Holocaust, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein.

 

 

The U.S. and the Holocaust is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.

Corporate funding provided by Bank of America. Major funding provided by David M. Rubenstein; the Park Foundation; the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation; Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; and by the following members of The Better Angels Society: Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine; Jan and Rick Cohen; Allan and Shelley Holt; the Koret Foundation; David and Susan Kreisman; Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Crown Family Philanthropies, honoring the Crown and Goodman families; the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky; the Russell Berrie Foundation; Diane and Hal Brierley; John and Catherine Debs; Leah Joy Zell and the Joy Foundation. And by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.