SOLD OUT – The US & the Holocaust: Preview & Discussion with Radio Times’ Marty Moss-Coane

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022

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Wednesday, September 14th, 6:00 pm ET
In Person at the Weitzman (5th and Market)
Free with Suggested $12 Donation 

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST, a new three-part, six-hour series directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the 20th century. Join us as Radio Times’ Marty Moss-Coane hosts a preview screening of the documentary and conversation about America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history, the Holocaust. Marty will be joined by two expert panelists, Philippe Weisz, Director of Legal Services for HIAS Pennsylvania and Beth S. Wenger, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, and Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania; author of History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage. Together in conversation they will consider the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany, in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement, immigration restrictions, race laws in the American south and more.

More About the Documentary
Inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibition and supported by its historical resources, the film examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States and race laws in the American south. The series, written by Geoffrey Ward, sheds light on what the U.S. government and American people knew and did as the catastrophe unfolded in Europe.

Combining the first-person accounts of Holocaust witnesses and survivors and interviews with leading historians and writers, THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST dispels competing myths that Americans either were ignorant of the unspeakable persecution that Jews and other targeted minorities faced in Europe or that they looked on with callous indifference. The film tackles a range of questions that remain essential to our society today, including how racism influences policies related to immigration and refugees as well as how governments and people respond to the rise of authoritarian states that manipulate history and facts to consolidate power.

Directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, The US & the Holocaust premieres September 18, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET on WHYY-TV 12. Visit for more info.

More About the Host

Marty Moss-Coane is host and executive producer of Radio Times, one of the most respected weekday interview programs on regional radio. She has earned praise for her versatility and engaging conversations and interviews with guests and phone callers alike during the live program, which covers social issues, public policy, books, films, and more. She is one of the tri-state area’s most thought-provoking and balanced radio hosts, working for WHYY, the region’s leading public broadcasting station. Her programs reflect the belief that guiding discussions fairly and accurately are of prime importance in educating and informing the audience, allowing them to make sound and informed decisions. Marty is as comfortable interviewing political candidates about their election promises as she is eliciting tips on how to care for the family pets from a local veterinarian to asking listeners to discuss their favorite “pick up” lines.

More About the Panelists

Philippe Weisz has been an advocate for immigrant rights for over 20 years. He started his career with the American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, New Jersey. There, he represented detained asylum seekers and immigrants from Central America. In 2006 he joined HIAS Pennsylvania as director of legal services. In addition to supervising its staff of attorneys and paralegals and handling his own caseload, Philippe oversees the agency’s educational activities. Philippe has presented at professional conferences, trained pro-bono lawyers as well as provided training to staff at numerous social and legal services agencies. He also has been interviewed by English and Spanish language media on immigration matters. Philippe earned his BA in International Relations at Dickinson College in 1992. He earned his JD from the Washington College of Law at American University where he also received his MA in International Relations in 1996.

Beth S. Wenger is Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Wenger has authored three award-winning books entitled History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage, The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America, and New York Jews and the Great Depression: Uncertain Promise, in addition to co-editing many others. She was awarded the Lee Max Friedman Award Medal from the American Jewish Historical Society for distinguished service, scholarship and leadership within the field along with several other academic grants and fellowships. Wenger was one of four founding historians who helped to create the core exhibition at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and she continues to serve as historical consultant to the Museum.


Safety / Covid 19:
*This event will occur in the DELL THEATER CONCOURSE LEVEL.
*Masking in the Dell Theater is mandatory.

Live at The Weitzman
101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th & Market)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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