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The U.S. and the Holocaust

Greenlit By: Jamie

September 28, 2022

Jamie Says

This is now in my top 3 documentaries. This is all about what the U.S. did or did not do in the lead-up to WW2 and during WW2. You're not ready; The first person you're going to hate is Helen Keller. This Ken Burns documentary series is profound. The perfect balance of personal reflection and research.


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.