Film Screening: The U.S. And The Holocaust
Episode one, “The Golden Door,” examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States and race laws in the American south. After decades of maintaining open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts Congress to pass its ﬁrst laws restricting immigration. Meanwhile, in Germany, Hitler and the Nazis begin their persecution of Jewish people, causing many to flee into neighboring countries or to America, mainly to find the doors closed. Released in 2022, the film was directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein.