Exploring our history with Ken Burns
We support the arts in many different forms as part of our commitment to helping economies thrive and to connecting cultures. Our partnership with Ken Burns is rooted in our shared vision to make history a riveting narrative that resonates with the general public and with students in classrooms around the country.
We tell ourselves stories as a nation.
One of the stories we tell ourselves, is that were a land of immigrants.
But in moments of crisis, it becomes very hard for us to live up to those stories
“The Holocaust was beyond belief.
People just disappeared.”
“The primary goal was to get to the United States.”
“But the golden door was not wide open.”
We are challenged as Americans, to think about what we would have done, what we could have done, what we should have done.
In our better moments we are very good people, but that’s not all there is to the story.
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The U.S. and the Holocaust, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein
A three-part documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. The film examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement, and discriminatory race laws in the American south. The series sheds light on what the U.S. government and American people knew and did not know, as well as includes firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors.
Hear from the filmmaker
Ken Burns joined host Alicia Burke for two episodes of the original podcast That Made All the Difference. Hear him discuss the emotional inspiration for his life in film and turning this moment in history into meaningful change.