American Experience (1988– )
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America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference 


Marty Ostrow (as Martin Ostrow)


Marty Ostrow (as Martin Ostrow)


Hal Linden


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Hal Linden ... Narrator (voice)


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6 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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Fine Cut Productions,WGBH See more »
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This one might make you really mad or really depressed.
13 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Very little in this installment of "The American Experience" took me by surprise, as I am a retired history teacher and know a lot about WWII and the American government's reaction to the holocaust. However, most will probably not know that our president and many others in power KNEW about the German liquidation of the Jews and simply didn't care. Even when strong evidence was brought to America (at great risk to the carriers of the information), the country only did the bare minimum to save the lives of Jews--presumably because they were 'just Jews' and didn't serve any military purpose. Sad...very sad. And, there is more than ample evidence to support the show's claims. Because of this, I cannot imagine anyone watching this and not having a reaction--depression, anger or confusion. Because the show provokes such a reaction and because it's well-constructed, it's a must-see edition of this exceptional documentary series from PBS.

By the way, to me the best part of the film was the final story about the American soldier who came into the death camp and met a remarkable but seemingly dying inmate. Have some Kleenex handy for this one.

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