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The U.S. and the Holocaust : a history to be reckoned with  Cover Image DVD DVD

The U.S. and the Holocaust : a history to be reckoned with / a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC ; produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns & Mike Welt ; directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein ; telescript by Geoffrey C. Ward.

Burns, Ken, 1953- (film director,, film producer.). Novick, Lynn, (film director,, film producer.). Botstein, Sarah, 1972- (film director,, film producer.). Ward, Geoffrey C., (screenwriter.). Coyote, Peter, (narrator.). Gandelsman, Jonathan, (composer.). Florentine Films, (production company.). WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.), (production company.). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), (broadcaster.). PBS Distribution (Firm), (film distributor.).


This film "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.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781531715014
  • ISBN: 153171501X
  • Physical Description: 3 videodiscs (approx. 360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Distributor: [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally broadcast as 3 episodes of a documentary television program in 2022.
Accompanying material may vary.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Original music by Johnny Gandelsman.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Target Audience Note:
TV Rating: TV-MA ; this program contains mature content which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised." --container.
System Details Note:
Region 1, NTSC ; 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.
Language Note:
Dialogue and subtitles in English or Spanish
Subject: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Foreign public opinion, American.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Influence.
World War, 1939-1945 > Press coverage > United States.
World War, 1939-1945 > Public opinion.
National socialism in popular culture > United States.
Jewish refugees > United States > Public opinion.
Mass media > Political aspects > United States > History > 20th century.
Genre: Historical television programs.
Documentary television programs.
Television mini-series.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Available copies

  • 6 of 8 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Crawford County.


  • 3 current holds with 8 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Part Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crawford County Library-Bourbon DVD940.5 U.S. (Text) Complete Set 33431000708931 New DVD Available -

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