The U.S. and the Holocaust  


A 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.

The U.S. and the Holocaust features a fascinating array of historical figures that includes Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, Dorothy Thompson, Rabbi Stephen Wise, and Henry Ford, as well as Anne Frank and her family, who applied for but failed to obtain visas to the U.S. before they went into hiding. This unexpected aspect of the Franks’ story underscores an American connection to the Holocaust that will be new to many viewers.

This program will encore in January. See below for airdates.

The U.S. and the Holocaust Screening & Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 5:30-7:30PM
RSVP by Monday, December 19, 2022
Seating is limited.

Questions call: 513-345-6552

National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting
8070 Tylersville Road
West Chester, OH 45069

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5:30 - 6:00PM Reception with Hors d’oeuvres & Drinks
6:00 - 7:30PM Screening & Panel Discussion

Moderator: Jim Wiener
Chief Programming Officer, CET & ThinkTV

Sarah Weiss
Senior Advisor
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
Dr. Gary P. Zola
Executive Director
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

Free vouchers to visit both The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting will be available to those in attendance.

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With Support From:

Ladislas & Vilma Segoe
Family Foundation

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Part One: The Golden Door (Beginnings – 1938)
Friday, January 6 at 9pm on CET

Reversing a history of open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts Congress to restrict immigration. Hitler and the Nazis persecute German Jews, forcing many to seek refuge. FDR is concerned by the growing crisis but unable to coordinate a response.

Part Two: Yearning to Breathe Free (1938 – 1942)
Friday, January 13, at 9pm on CET

As World War II begins, Americans are divided over whether to intervene against Nazi Germany. Some individuals and organizations work tirelessly to help refugees escape. Germany invades the USSR and secretly begins the mass murder of European Jews.

Part Three: The Homeless, The Tempest-Tossed (1942 – present)
Friday, January 20, at 9pm on CET

A group of dedicated government officials fights red tape to support rescue operations. As the Allies liberate German camps, the public sees for the first time the sheer scale of the Holocaust and begins to reckon with its reverberations.

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.

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