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VHM & VPM to partner for Holocaust film screening

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The Virginia Holocaust Museum and VPM are partnering to bring a screening and panel discussion for “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a three-part documentary directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, exploring America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.

The screening on Nov. 15 will offer a broad view of the six-hour docuseries that premiered September 18. To view the full series, go to PBS.org or stream it through your PBS Passport access.

After the screening, VPM’s president and CEO Jayme Swain will moderate a discussion on Virginia’s response to the Holocaust, what our collective history teaches us, and which lessons reverberate today.

Joining Swain on the panel are:

  • Rebecca Erbelding, historian, curator, and archivist for the US Holocaust Museum. She is also featured in the documentary and is author of “Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe.”
  • Bob Gillette, educator, historian, and author of “Escape to Virginia: From Nazi Germany to Thalhimer’s Farm.”
  • Mallory Noe-Payne, Radio IQ Richmond’s reporter and bureau chief. She spent a year in Munich, Germany researching memory, justice, and how a society can collectively confront its sins.
  • Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times Dispatch journalist, columnist, and winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary about the Richmond protest movements in the wake of the 2020 murder of George Floyd leading to the removal of many Confederate monuments.

Williams and Noe-Payne produced the NPR podcast, “Memory Wars” – a six-part series about how Germany has confronted its horrific past and whether America could ever do the same.

Following the panel discussion, attendees may ask questions and engage the panelists.

To register for the special program, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-us-and-the-holocaust-lessons-from-virginias-response-registration-440488261247.

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