The U.S. and The Holocaust Resources

The U.S. and The Holocaust Resources

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 11:00am - Tue, 02/28/2023 - 11:59pm

The U.S. and the Holocaust, A film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein premieres Sun September 18 at 8pm

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST, a new three-part documentary directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history.   

Re-air of THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 8, 15, and 22, 2023 at 1pm on WXXI-TV and Livestream at 

On-demand access: The series will be available on demand January 6 – February 3, 2023 at but not until those dates. (Available in English and Spanish) 

See the free PBS Player to watch on-demand beginning January 6-February 3, 2023  
Unpacking the U.S. and the Holocaust Viewing Guide for more background

The series originally aired in September, 2022 but is available on-demand via Passport currently in English and Spanish

National Conversations: On-Demand: Watch on-demand national virtual conversation events 

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Educator Resources: Educator Webinars, On-demand, Resources & PBS LearningMedia Collection

Extended Trailer: See More Videos Here | Watch the Series On-Demand  on PBS Passport  The series will be available to watch again January 6, 2023-February 3, 2023

Combining the first-person accounts of Holocaust witnesses and survivors and interviews with leading historians and writers, THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST dispels competing myths that Americans either were ignorant of the unspeakable persecution that Jews and other targeted minorities faced in Europe or that they looked on with callous indifference. The film tackles a range of questions that remain essential to our society today, including how racism influences policies related to immigration and refugees as well as how governments and people respond to the rise of authoritarian states that manipulate history and facts to consolidate power.

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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.