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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.

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.

Our partnership with Ken Burns

Since 2007, we have proudly sponsored the work of Ken Burns and Florentine Films, which blend education and art to create in-depth stories that enlighten people around the world.

Film trailers in partnership with Ken Burns and Florentine Films

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Ken Burns on PBS

For more than three decades, Ken Burns and his collaborators have produced some of the most critically acclaimed and most-watched documentaries on public television.

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Ken Burns & Florentine Films

Learn about upcoming films, the filmmakers, and more.

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Explore Ken Burns’s UNUM

View highlights from the Florentine Films’ library of work, which advances a more complete understanding of American history.

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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.