America and the Holocaust

America and the Holocaust

Deceit and Indifference

DVD - 2005 | Full screen version.
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Uses interviews, official photos, home movies, and archival footage to explore the factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust and asks the question "Why didn't America do more?" Looks at America's inaction through the experiences of a Jewish refugee trying to save his parents, and through documented evidence of official policy of the U.S. government.
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.?] : WGBH Boston Video, c2005
Edition: Full screen version.
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781593752354


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Nov 28, 2018

American Experience on PBS has produced an incredible array of 1-hour revelations about important moments in American history, but this one has left me speechless and in tears. I knew the US didn't help many Jews get out of Nazi Germany, but I had no idea how openly anti-Semitic our country was at the time. Immigration policies were deliberately altered to keep Jews out, and news of the Holocaust was kept secret by our State Department. FDR himself was complicit.

This gut-wrenching documentary also serves as a parable for our times of anti-immigrant propaganda and restrictive border policies. It may seem incredible now that we once viewed Europeans as unwelcome as some now view Guatemalans and Syrians, but we did. Watch and weep for the Jews and for our country.

Sep 13, 2015

This is a 90-minute documentary originally produced in 1994 for broadcast as an episode of the television program: "American experience."
To avoid the scandal, Roosevelt decided to rescue the Jews, but a little bit too late.
If he had done it earlier, he and America might have saved tens of thousands---if not hundrends of thousands of Jews.
It is a gripping, shocking yet eye-opening documentary.


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