Opinion: Brace for hard lessons in Ken Burns’ new documentary

Note: This column was updated and corrected on Sept. 19 to reflect that the film series is by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, equal co-creators, directors and producers of the work.


To all of you who, like me, have been long time Ken Burns fans, his documentaries have been mesmerizing: ”The Civil War,” “Jazz,” “Baseball,” “The Vietnam War” and “The Roosevelts.” And while I eagerly await the upcoming film series created by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, “The U.S. and the Holocaust ,” I have a certain amount of dread about its release. We’re living in a time when even “The Diary of Anne Frank” is controversial. The removal of graphic novel “Maus” from school curricula demonstrated how divided we are over telling the stories of the Holocaust.