America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference


81 minutes, black & white and color
Source: Social Studies School Service

This episode of The American Experience examines the role of the United States in the Holocaust. It looks at such issues as American anti-Semitism, apathy of the State Department, and the deliberate suppression of information that European Jews were slated for genocide. This disturbing account is framed by the moving story of Kurt Klein, who escaped from Germany in 1937 and came to the U.S. Like thousands of others, he struggled to bring his parents to the "haven" of America. The Kleins, however, were hampered by the restrictive immigration policies of the time, which were not amended until it was too late for most European Jews. Facing History and Ourselves has written a study guide to accompany this film.

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