The U.S. and the Holocaust

A new documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein 

An encore presentation of The U.S. and the Holocaust airs in its entirety Sunday, September 25 at 11 a.m.


Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This three-part, six-hour series closely examines America’s response to one of history’s greatest humanitarian crises. 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. 

Hear from survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler. Personal testimony helps us consider the tragic consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quotas in America. It’s a history to be reckoned with.  

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