The Holocaust: Facts, Survivor Stories, Documentaries & More – PBS

Posted By on March 14, 2023

What was the Holocaust? The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum defines it as such: The Holocaust (19331945) was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million European Jews by the Nazi German regime and its allies and collaborators.

We know that countless other atrocities were committed by the Nazi regime, including the targeted persecution, incarceration, sterilization, and murder of anyone they deemed as enemies. This included people with disabilities, men accused of homosexuality, political opponents, Black Germans and Black people in German-occupied territories. The evil acts also include genocide of European Roma, which took place from 1939-1945. We also know that many people identified with more than one of the targeted groups so we only have estimates of just how devastating the Holocaust and other murders perpetrated by the Nazi regime.

While the Holocaust took place in occupied territories across the European continent, its global impact touched the U.S. in many ways. We will continue to explore this topic further in the upcoming documentary series titled The U.S. and the Holocaust. The film, from renowned documentary filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, will highlight how the U.S. government and its people acted as the Holocaust went on. The U.S. and the Holocaust premieres September 18.

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