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Exploring The U.S. and the Holocaust, a Film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

Join us for a special discussion of three-part documentary series The U.S. and the Holocaust, featuring director Sarah Botstein.



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Join us for a special discussion of The U.S. and the Holocaust, a three-part documentary series by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein that examines the United States’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. 

Award-winning director Sarah Botstein will join us to discuss the creation of the series and its use of firsthand testimony from witnesses and survivors to delve deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape, and restrictive quota laws in the United States. 

Facing History will share ideas for educators to bring this content into their classrooms. 

Live captioning will be provided. This event will be recorded; if you’re not able to join us live, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on-demand.

We are grateful to The Hammer Family for supporting the development of our on-demand learning and teaching resources.

Featured Speakers

Sarah Botstein


Portrait of Sarah Botstein.

Sarah Shields

Senior Program Associate & Partner School Network Lead

Portrait of Sarah Shields.

Frank Stebbins

Frank Stebbins is a Senior Program Associate for New Jersey Growth & Strategy at Facing History. Before this role, he was a New Jersey educator for 17 years.

Portrait of Frank Stebbins.

About the Series

Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, The U.S. and the Holocaust 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. Watch the full series here.

About this Event

This webinar is brought to you in conjunction with Share My Lesson as a part of their keynote series. The American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson is a free, award-winning community-based site that brings together educators, parents and caregivers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, union and nonunion members, educational partners, and higher education professionals who have the common goal of finding and sharing the best educational resources available. 

This event is also part of our We are Facing History Community Conversation series, which brings together scholars, education leaders, changemakers, upstanders, and you, for informative and inspiring conversations on the most pressing issues we face today.

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