America's Response to the Holocaust | Newberry

America's Response to the Holocaust

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Daniel Greene, Northwestern University/U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Wait list only
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Although there is widespread agreement that American authorities knew by 1942 of Hitler’s plan to annihilate Europe’s Jews, there is no consensus about the nature and effectiveness of America’s response to the Holocaust. In this seminar, participants will read a number of primary documents (from newspaper ads to political cartoons to speeches) to historicize the question of what Americans knew about the annihilation of Europe’s Jews as it happened. The task will not be to moralize about what Americans should have done during World War II, but instead to carefully consider these primary sources in historical context. By the seminar’s end, participants will gain a deeper appreciation of the fraught questions surrounding American’s response to the Holocaust.

Cost and Registration Information 

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