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The U.S. and the Holocaust


Ken Burns

Call Number

  • DVD 940.5318 U841 (CEN, EAS, OSH)

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English or Spanish dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Narrated by Peter Coyote ; voices, Adam Arkin, Hope Davis, Paul Giamatti, Olivia Gilliatt, Elliott Gould, Murphy Guyer, Werner Herzog, Josh Lucas, Joe Morton, Carolyn McCormick, Liam Neeson, Matthew Rhys, Meryl Streep, Bradley Whitford, Helena Zengel.

Publication Information

[Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2022]

Physical Description

3 videodiscs (approximately 360 minutes) : sound, color, with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.


TV-MA; "This program contains mature content which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised."--Container.


"The U.S. and the Holocaust examines America's response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a 'nation of immigrants,' but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with."--Container.


"A history to be reckoned with"--Container.

Originally broadcast as a three-part documentary series on PBS in 2022.


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