Recent surveys have shown steadily diminishing public awareness of the Holocaust amid a rise in disinformation and revisionism.

This panel of leading thinkers will discuss how media, educators, religious institutions, and governments can fight Holocaust denial and deepen understanding of the genocide. What is the role of allies, people who are not the targets of extremism?

The discussion will begin with a screening of Fred de Sam Lazaro’s 2022 PBS NewsHour segment on the children’s book Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued. Written and illustrated by Peter Sís, it tells the story of Nicholas Winton, the “British Schindler,” who helped 669 children escape Czechoslovakia just before Nazi occupation.

The panelists will delve into the conditions that allowed the ripening and spread of antisemitism in the years leading up to the Holocaust, and they will bring home the relevance of those circumstances today.


  • Fred de Sam Lazaro, Correspondent/Director, The Under-Told Stories Project
  • Peter Osnos, Founder, PublicAffairs Books


  • Judy Woodruff, Anchor, PBS NewsHour
  • Magda Teter, Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies, Fordham University
  • James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History, University of Virginia
  • Linda Kinstler, Author of Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends

Special Guest:
Eva Paddock, Educator and One of “Winton’s Children” Rescued from Czechoslovakia on the Eve of World War II

Above: Detail from an illustration by Peter Sís, author of Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued (Norton Young Readers, 2021). The book tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who helped to rescue children who were at risk of oppression by Nazi Germany.