The U.S. and the Holocaust

Episodes & Viewing Guide


WTTW Stories

The Top-Secret Army Unit of Artists Who Deceived German Troops in World War II

An ongoing exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie tells the story of how a unit of artists, engineers, and other soldiers deceived German troops using inflatable tanks, weaponry, phony radio calls, and other artistic effects.

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Studs Terkel Radio Archive: Simon Wiesenthal on the Holocaust

Austrian Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal discusses his advocacy work and the publication of his book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness with Studs Terkel.

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Fascism in Chicago

Learn about incidents involving fascism in Chicago, including the infamous attempted neo-Nazi march in Skokie that indirectly led to the establishment of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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Video: James Conlon & Johnny Gandelsman Reflect on Music of the Holocaust

Conductor James Conlon is dedicated to focusing widespread attention on composers silenced by the Nazi regime, while musician Johnny Gandelsman produced the soundtrack for The U.S. and the Holocaust.

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From the WTTW Archive

Stories of Survival: Final Transports

In the summer of 1944, at the height of the deportation of Hungarian Jews, Magda Brown and George Brent arrived as teenagers to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Through Magda and George's eyes, see the human aspects of survival, resistance, chance, and luck in the face of Nazi tyranny, in this story produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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Stories of Survival: Childhood Lost

George Mueller and Steen Metz had their lives engulfed by war within hours of the Nazi invasion and occupation of Western Europe. Learn about their gripping fight for survival inside the Nazi concentration camp system, and the enduring power of family, courage and hope, in this story produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered

A comprehensive and engaging look at the personalities and issues connected to the threatened neo-Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois in the late 1970's.

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The Opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

On the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in 2009, Chicago Tonight’s Jay Shefsky hears from two Holocaust survivors in the Chicago area and revisits the beginning of the museum in the controversy over a proposed neo-Nazi march in Skokie in the 1970s.

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An Interview with Art Spiegelman, author of Maus

The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus speaks to Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce in 2002 about the book and his father’s survival of the Holocaust, which inspired the novel. He also reads an excerpt of the novel and plays an excerpt of tape of his father’s narration of his experiences.

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An Interview with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

The writer, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel speaks to Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce in 2002 about his book Night, antisemitism, and more.

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An Interview with Chicagoans Saved by Oskar Schindler

Chicago Tonight’s Elizabeth Brackett speaks to two Chicagoans who survived the Holocaust in large part because they worked at the factory of Oskar Schindler, whose actions are dramatized in the film Schindler’s List.

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Thanks to our sponsors

Lead support for the WTTW presentation of THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is provided by the Crown Family in memory of Jo Minow. Major funding is provided by Rita and John Canning, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Marshall Field, and the George and Sarah Ohlhausen Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Sylvia Eisenstein Furner, the Leo J. & Roslyn L. Krupp Family Foundation, the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation, Sonia T. Marschak, and an anonymous donor. With special thanks to Norman and Virginia Bobins and the Newt and Jo Minow Family.