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The U.S. and the Holocaust [videorecording] / a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. ; directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein ; telescript by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns and Mike Welt.

Burns, Ken, 1953- (film director,, film producer.). Novick, Lynn, (film director,, film producer.). Botstein, Sarah, 1972- (film director,, film producer.). Ward, Geoffrey C., (screenwriter.). Welt, Mike, (film producer.). Coyote, Peter, (narrator.). Arkin, Adam, (voice actor.). Davis, Hope, 1967- (voice actor.). Giamatti, Paul, (voice actor.). Gilliatt, Olivia, (voice actor.). Gould, Elliott, (voice actor.). Guyer, Murphy, (voice actor.). Herzog, Werner, 1942- (voice actor.). Lucas, Josh, (voice actor.). Morton, Joe, 1947- (voice actor.). McCormick, Carolyn, (voice actor.). Neeson, Liam, (voice actor.). Rhys, Matthew, 1974- (voice actor.). Streep, Meryl, (voice actor.). Whitford, Bradley, (voice actor.). Zengel, Helena, 2008- (voice actor.). Squires, Buddy, (cinematographer.). Staroń, Wojciech, (cinematographer.). Reidy, Tricia, (editor of moving image work.). Horton, Charles E., (editor of moving image work.). Florentine Films, (production company.). WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.), (production company.). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), (publisher.). PBS Distribution (Firm), (film distributor.).


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.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781531715014
  • ISBN: 153171501X
  • Physical Description: 3 videodiscs (approximately 360 minutes) : sound, color, with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Widescreen.
  • Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2022]
  • Distributor: [Arlington, Virginia] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A history to be reckoned with."
Originally broadcast on PBS as a three-part documentary television program in 2022.
Program content: ©2022.
Wide screen (16x9).
"This program contains mature content which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised."
Formatted Contents Note:
Disc 1. Episode 1. The golden door (beginnings-1938) -- Disc 2. Episode 2. Yearning to breathe free (1938-1942) -- Disc 3. Episode 3. The homeless, tempest-tossed (1942- ).
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Cinematography, Buddy Squires and Wojciech Staroń ; edited by Tricia Reidy and Charles E. Horton.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator, Peter Coyote ; voices-overs, 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.
Target Audience Note:
TV Parental Guidelines rating: TV-MA (mature audiences only; this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17).
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.
Language Note:
English or Spanish dialogue; subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) in English or Spanish.
Source of Description Note:
Title from disc label.
Subject: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Foreign public opinion, American.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Influence.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Historiography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Press coverage > United States.
World War, 1939-1945 > Public opinion.
National socialism in popular culture > United States.
Mass media > Political aspects > United States > History > 20th century.
Genre: Documentary television programs.
Historical television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Television mini-series.
Television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Available copies

  • 12 of 15 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 3 of 4 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 3 current holds with 15 total copies.
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Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library DVD 940.53 U (Text) 39493110064930 Adult Video Available -
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