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

Keynote: Exploring "The U.S. and the Holocaust" a Film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein
March 21, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Subject Social Studies
Grade Level Grades 6-12, Adult Education, Professional Development


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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’ response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.

In this 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session, 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.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.


Sarah Botstein, Filmmaker
Sarah Botstein co-directed and produced a three-part series, The U.S. and the Holocaust (2022). Botstein is also producing a six-part series on the American Revolution and a project on Lyndon Johnson’s life and presidency.

For more than two decades, Sarah produced some of the most popular and acclaimed documentaries on PBS. Her work, in collaboration with directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, includes Hemingway (2020), College Behind Bars (2019), The Vietnam War (2017), Prohibition (2011), The War (2007) and Jazz (2001).

In addition to the television broadcasts, Botstein works on digital and education initiatives, in collaboration with PBS Learning Media and WETA-TV. She also helps to produce and curate content for Ken Burns UNUM, a web-based platform designed to highlight active themes in American History. The application utilizes scenes from over 40 different Ken Burns films and encourages users to embrace the relevance of history in our contemporary time.

Sarah Shields, Senior Program Associate and Partner School Network Lead, Facing History and Ourselves
Sarah Shields is a Senior Program Associate in Facing History’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Facing History in 2013, she served as an assistant principal and nationally board-certified high school social studies teacher in Chicago Public Schools.  

Frank Stebbins, Senior Program Associate for New Jersey Growth & Strategy, Facing History and Ourselves
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.  




Exploring The U.S. and the Holocaust Keynote Resources.pdf

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The U.S. and the Holocaust | Official Trailer | PBS
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4 Reviews
March 23, 2023
So Informative!
I have attended many conferences on the Holocaust, but none that focused on what was going on in America at the time. I came away with new knowledge and have already begun doing even more research into some of these areas.
March 22, 2023
A must for everyone!
I learned new information about the Holocaust and the United States. Thank you.
Kelly Booz
March 21, 2023
I learned so much
So glad I was on this session. I learned so many new historical facts, but even more so, appreciated the critical questions that were raised for teaching this complicated material and important documentary to students. It was a delight to hear directly from filmmaker Sarah Botstein.
Susan Youssofi
March 21, 2023

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