Educator Virtual Events & Resources for The U.S. and The Holocaust

Educator Virtual Events & Resources for The U.S. and The Holocaust

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST: Premieres Sun September 18 at 8pm From Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

Event #2: Elevating Survivor Narratives

  • Date: October date – Oct. 11 – 7pm ET 
  • Guest Speakers: Susan Warsinger, Lynn Novick
  • Event Objective: Educators will learn how to support their students in understanding the importance of seeking multiple perspectives through personal narratives and storytelling. Elevate importance of individual accounts of survivors of the Holocaust

Full description: Filmmaker Lynn Novick will be joined by survivor Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer who is featured in the film, to discuss her memories and personal history and share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the importance of survivor stories for understanding Holocaust history. Susan will also share her perspectives as a former seventh grade teacher, why she hopes educators will use the film, and what she believes students can learn from it.

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By registering on this page, people receive access to each recording of this series. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.


The first event occurred September 13, 2022, and archival recordings will be posted on the Virtual Professional Learning Series (VPLS) within this collection: Watch the event here:  Details from Event 1: In anticipation of the broadcast of their new film, The U.S. and the Holocaust, Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein will discuss the important themes the documentary will address and the opportunities the film provides for teaching about  Holocaust history as well as American history.


This three-part, six hour series 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 Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the U.S. proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors, the series delves into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape, and quota laws.
Media Gallery (6), Video (8) for Grades 6-8, 9-12

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THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. Telescript by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns and Mike Welt. Edited by Tricia Reidy, ACE, and Charles E. Horton. Co-producer is Lucas B. Frank. Original music produced by Johnny Gandelsman. Cinematography by Buddy Squires, ASC, and Wojciech Staroń, PSC. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Voices include Adam Arkin, Hope Davis, Paul Giamatti, Olivia Gilliatt, Elliott Gould, Murphy Guyer, Werner Herzog, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Joe Morton, Liam Neeson, Matthew Rhys, Meryl Streep, Bradley Whitford and Helena Zengel. The executive in charge for WETA is John F. Wilson. Executive producer is Ken Burns.

Corporate funding for THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was 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; and Leah Joy Zell and the Joy Foundation. Funding was also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.