“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 the Holocaust. It will air on September 18, 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. Check local PBS listings.
It was Inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibition and supported by its historical resources. The film examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States, and race laws in the American South. The series, written by Geoffrey Ward, sheds light on what the U.S. government and American people knew and did as the catastrophe unfolded in Europe.