• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 18, 2022
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26

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  1. Sep 24, 2022
    6
    Why do American propagandists talk about the crimes of the vanquished, but keep silent about their own horrors? Carpet bombing of cities with civilians, mass rape and illegal sexual relations with German women, looting, murder and other crimes. All this was done by the Crusaders of Freedom and Democracy in Europe. And not only in Europe. Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Iraq,Why do American propagandists talk about the crimes of the vanquished, but keep silent about their own horrors? Carpet bombing of cities with civilians, mass rape and illegal sexual relations with German women, looting, murder and other crimes. All this was done by the Crusaders of Freedom and Democracy in Europe. And not only in Europe. Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and other countries occupied by the American army. Where are the films about this? And let's make another film about the horrors of bad fascists, completely silencing the lawlessness on our own side. It's unpatriotic! Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2022
    10
    Nazis and far right internet trolls (also, basically Nazis) don’t like this doc, so it gets 5 stars from me.
  3. Sep 19, 2022
    10
    Really well done examine the ties to the American far right and Nazis. It has great footage and narration.
  4. Sep 20, 2022
    10
    This is one of those series that holds your attention because of how much you learn about history that was not taught in schools. Only the trolls and fascist-lovers would downvote this series.
  5. Sep 26, 2022
    0
    Terrible documentary and not worth the time.

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  6. Sep 26, 2022
    10
    Excellent documentary! Sure to inspire hundreds of "guys in trucks wearing sunglasses" to create non-reality based reaction videos. Sad.
Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Sep 19, 2022
    90
    It imposes a clarifying honesty on our claims of openness and exceptionalism. ... What makes "The U.S. and the Holocaust" required viewing, which is its determined focus on the everyday people living in cities across Europe before the Nazis mass murdered.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 18, 2022
    95
    Adding to Ken Burns’ legacy of classy historical fare for PBS, The U.S. and the Holocaust is documentary filmmaking with a purpose, a three-night production that directly links undercurrents of American society that influenced the decades featured to lingering strains of White supremacy and anti-Semitism. It’s fascinating as history, but sobering as current events.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 16, 2022
    90
    Six emotionally demanding hours. ... Thorough history of the American response, and lack of it, to Germany’s criminal war on the Jews. ... Burns’ measured style — some would call it sleepy — does not always do favors to his subject. (“Jazz” was not very … jazzy.) But in this case, given the elegiac, tragic nature of the material, it feels entirely apt. ... “The U.S. and the Holocaust” becomes harder to watch as it goes on, for obvious reasons — it is unflinchingly graphic. ... Yet I don’t think it’s been made to be popular, but from a sense of mission.