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The Literature, Film, Drama and Music Contingent (LFDMC) of UUCB’s Social Justice Program invites you on December 4, 2022 to a discussion, led by Lenore Ralston, of Ken Burn’s three-part series: “The US & The Holocaust.” 

You can prep by viewing this powerful discussion at this link: https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/us-and-the-holocaust/episode-guide/#episode-guide.
With his usual excellence, Ken Burns takes on not only the tragic response by the United States to the WW II Holocaust, but to our Nation’s deeply rooted fear of the “other.”

This LFDMC meeting will review all three sections of Burns’ newest historical overview of humankind’s fear and hatred expressed through extermination of more than 6 million people during WW II. Many more died during WW II, but what has come to be known as the “Holocaust” was particularly devastating for the disabled, Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma, homosexuals, and political dissidents — anyone who could not be bowed, brought to heel, or who were considered biologically inferior or “other” than a model Aryan. Social and ethnic purity into a homogeneous “one.”  Women were also subjugated into sex objects and breeding stock. At the top of the heap, white Aryan men.

There are very large truths to be understood by watching and reading more deeply into this topic. In particular, understanding the importance of the eugenics movement with champions in both England and the United States; having followers from both regions is a wake-up call in itself.

Watch all three parts of this film. Pace yourself if needed; this is not easy viewing, and the truths Burns puts forth are likely to resonate powerfully, given today’s political climate.

As the moderator, Lenore will provide a summary of each section, leaving plenty of time for discussion. Lenore has studied the Holocaust since she was nine years old, in her struggle to understand “why?” And now, more than ever, the pledge “Never Again” needs to be heard and taken closely to heart.” 

Even if you are not able to watch all of the series, please come and listen to/join in the discussion on December 4 at 1:30 p.m.