THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST Premieres September 18

Ken Burns asks how the American people grappled with the Holocaust, one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.


As the horrors of the Holocaust crept across Europe, what did the American people do? What did they think? Ken Burns, along with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, look for answers in a new three-part docuseries, The U.S. and the Holocaust.

The U.S. and the Holocaust looks with fresh eyes at the events before and during the Holocaust, as well as the eugenics movement and other parallel events in the United States. He rejects the myth that Americans were too ignorant or selfish to care about the growing menace of genocide, making clear that the truth was more nuanced, raising old questions about America's responsibilities in the world. Immigration, intervention, transparency - The U.S. and the Holocaust asks viewers to think about the same issues America faced during the Holocaust, so that nothing like it will never happen again.

Want more Ken Burns on Alabama Public Television? Baseball airs on Sundays and Hemingway premieres on July 25.