Panel on PBS’ U.S. & Holocaust to bring documentary collaborators together with local survivors

ThinkTV and the Jewish Federation will present a panel discussion about the documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust, with local survivors Renate Frydman and Eleanor Hambury Must in person, and film co-creator Sarah Botstein and film advisor Rebecca Erbelding virtually, at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5 in the Carney Auditorium at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Footage of Must’s mother from 1931 in Germany was included in the documentary, which premiered on PBS in September. In the footage, Must’s mother was pregnant with her. Frydman is the curator of Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit, on permanent display at the Air Force Museum. She also chairs the Dayton Holocaust Education Committee.

Both will share how their families fled Nazi Germany and managed to enter the United States during a period of tight immigration restrictions.

Botstein co-directed and produced The U.S. and the Holocaust with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. A producer with Burns and Novick for more than 20 years, Botstein made her directorial debut with this film.

Erbelding is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, recipient of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for excellence in writing based on archival research. She is a historian, curator, and archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and served as the lead historian for the museum’s exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust.

ThinkTV16 will rebroadcast The U.S. and the Holocaust Saturdays, Jan. 7-21, at 1 p.m.

The panel is free and open to the public. The Air Force Museum is located at 1100 Spaatz St., Fairborn. Registration is required and is available at

To read the complete December 2022 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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