Mon, Sept. 19 at 8:30pm – The U.S. and The Holocaust, Episode 1 (Encore)
THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST: A film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein is a six-hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. The film examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany, global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the U.S., and race laws in the American south. This three-part series tells the story of how the American people grappled with this crisis and how this struggle tested the ideals of our democracy.
Episode One (Encore): The Golden Door (Beginnings - 1938) | Mon, Sept. 19 at 8:30pm
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.
Tune in Sun, Sept. 18 at 7pm on the WSIU stations: WSIU 8.1, WUSI 16.1, WSEC 14.1, WQEC 27.1 and WMEC 22.2 or access the WSIU local broadcast livestream online at pbs.org or via the PBS Video app. Watch with WSIU Passport.
The U.S. and the Holocaust on WSIU TV is made possible by local program sponsors Forbes Financial Group, the Sharp-Hundley Law Firm, VisitSI, SIU Department of History, Congregation Beth Jacob and St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum
About the Series
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 along with race relations in America.
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.
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.
Educational Materials to Supplement the Broadcast
The broadcast of The U.S. and The Holocaust will be accompanied by educational materials for middle and high school classrooms, highlighting recent research and perspectives. The materials, which were prepared by PBS Learning Media in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other leading Holocaust education experts, are available at the Ken Burns in the Classroom site. These materials include clips from the film as well as other resources that connect to its core themes, such as immigration policy, racism, isolationism, discrimination and more.