Filmmakers Ken Burns and Sarah Botstein to Give Annual Holocaust Lecture at Keene State

Sept. 7 – Filmmakers Ken Burns and Sarah Botstein will discuss their latest documentary, “America and the Holocaust,” as part of Keene State College’s Holocaust Memorial Lecture, the school announced in a statement. press release on Wednesday.

The three-part film, co-directed with Lynn Novick, will premiere September 18-20 at 8 p.m. on PBS. The conference, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room at the Young Student Center, the statement said. Those planning to attend are asked to register online at

“The Holocaust is an event in human history that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be human and how or if we hold ourselves accountable to our neighbors in times of crisis,” said Kate DeConinck, director of the Cohen Center for Keene State’s Holocaust and Genocide. Studies, said in the release. “In that sense, I hope this film – and our conversation with the filmmakers – will make critics aware of the dangers of hate and anti-Semitism, both historically and today.”

Burns, a Walpole resident, collaborated for years with Botstein and Novick, and collectively their work includes acclaimed documentaries such as “Hemingway,” “The Vietnam War,” “Prohibition” and “Jazz.”

Their latest film, which took seven years to complete, “explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history and how it tested the ideals of democracy”, according to the press release.

The Cohen Center has hosted the Holocaust Memorial Conference since 1998, according to the release. The annual series “invites scholars, writers and activists to help listeners remember and think in new ways about the Holocaust and its relevance in today’s world,” the statement said.

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Angela C. Hale