The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Americans and the Holocaust exhibition asks what did Americans know? And what did Americans do in response to the Holocaust? They are honored that their exhibition partially inspired Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein to produce a new documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust. The film was produced by Florentine Films.
USHMM was pleased to cooperate with the filmmakers by providing archival and historical sources and is co-hosting this special preview for educators to discuss the opportunities the film provides for teaching both Holocaust history and American history.
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 event will be the first in a series of programs designed to support integrating film content into your teaching. Find additional event information on the registration page here.
About the Film
Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein’s three-part, six-hour documentary series, The U.S. and the Holocaust, examines how the American people and our leaders responded to one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of the twentieth century, and how this catastrophe challenged our identity as a nation of immigrants and the very ideals of our democracy.
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.