Episode 78: The U.S. and the Holocaust
Brendan and Andrew are joined by Anne Jaclard, organizational secretary of Marxist-Humanist Initiative. They review and discuss the three episodes of “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” the new documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, which premiered on PBS on September 18, and which remains available on the PBS website. The documentary reveals how Nazi persecution of the Jews developed into mass extermination partly because of immigration restrictions in the U.S. and elsewhere. It also examines in detail the struggle between American supporters and opponents of white supremacy and anti-Semitism––before, during, and after the Holocaust, up to the Trumpism of today. After some initial discussion of the overall import of the documentary, Anne and the co-hosts review and comment on each of its three episodes, which tell the story chronologically. Anne and Andrew also offer personal recollections of the early post-Holocaust period and of life in a Jewish family personally affected by the Holocaust.
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