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America and the Holocaust

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This collection serves as an exploration of America’s direct involvement in the Holocaust. Through the use of American propaganda, stories of the rescue and liberation of Jewish people in Europe, and images of remembrance and memorial, this exhibit intends to shed light on the bleak but often romanticized narrative that is the United States’ response to the Holocaust. The exhibit focuses on America’s role in helping to stop the Holocaust, or at certain points their lack thereof, though the nation’s contributions to the situation through their belief systems, actions, and policies. The exhibit seeks to explore the contrast of anti-Semitism in American citizens and those who fought to free the victims of anti-Semitism in Europe, in addition to However, what is drawn from this idea is what we remember in our collective memory. While remembering those who suffered, as well as those who rescued the suffering, the United States must not dismiss the prevalence of anti-Semitism in America at the time of the mass genocide, whether it was in the form of anti-Jewish rallies or in the form of legislation.

Propaganda- American will not be fooled

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Propaganda Stamp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Antisemitism Propaganda

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Anti Semitic Children's Poem

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Oppose Antisemitic flier

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Medal of Freedom Presented

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Nazi flag signed by American soldiers

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

American soldiers liberate the town of Perwez

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Belongings of American sergeant

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Letter between sisters about Jewish schools

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Viewing of how Jews were tortured in camps

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Jewish Orphan leaving camp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Regimental Pin worn by Jewish American soldier

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

American soldiers see pile of Jewish corpses

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum