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Media/US Involvement with the Holocaust

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Levels N/A, Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

The tragic killings of the Jews was largely ignored by journalists during the Holocaust due to the widespread anti semitism that flourished during this time. A surprising percentage of Americans openly displayed their opposition to the Jews. Private schools, camps, colleges, resorts, and places of employment all imposed restrictions and quotas against Jews, often quite blatantly. Influential figures such as Henry Ford criticized their character and patriotism. At their peak, the Bund held a rally in Madison Square Garden packed with 20,000 people to hear speeches, which was largely covered by prominent newspapers. Other newspapers justify their lack of coverage due to the "ambiguous information" supplied. The huge death polls given to them was simply too insufferable for them to believe. In some cases, they would report on them on neglected parts of the newspaper which were not seen by many. However there is reason to believe they knew much more about the Holocaust than what they printed. Although the Holocaust deserved more attention then given, Jewish newspapers reported the truths of the genocide in an effort to gain support by exposure. In some findings, newspapers covered the Jewish tragedies with sympathy through photographs, stamps, and cartoons. American media’s disregard for the magnitude of the genocide at the time is relevant when looking at the context and environment in which these were published. With the rising population of Neo-Nazis, it evident that we have forgotten “never forget”. With the help of education and awareness of the Holocaust, it will ensure a terror like this will never happen again.

American Hypocrisy

New York Daily Mirror

Stephen Wise's Views

Pawtucket Times

Accepting the Jews

Chicago Daily News

Friends of New Germany Campaign

United States Holocaust Museum

Newspaper Report on Jewish Murders

Endicott Daily Bulletin

Personifying Nazi-Germany Cartoon

United States Holocaust Museum

Madison Square Garden Pro-American Rally in NYC

United States Holocaust Museum

America will not Forsake you

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Antisemitic Poster in America

Jewish War Veterans Museum

Data

American Institute of Public Opinion

FDR Cartoon

Charles Lindbergh and America First Committee

Rise of Neo-Nazis Today

The Washington Post